Grown from the brain of a Nobel Prize Laureate, the world Food Prize is an international organization recognizing the achievements and contributions of those located in the food supply chain, from farm to table. Awarded annually since 1987, the prize seeks to highlight and encourage the fight against global hunger. For several years now, Just Buttons has been proud to make buttons for the WFP! Read on below to find out more about their efforts!
Norman Borlaug, the brainchild behind the prize and titular Norm on the buttons, was hailed as the Father of the Green revolution for his efforts to combat global hunger. Devoting his career to agriculture research and helping the hungry, Borlaug directly helped to double the production of wheat in Pakistan and India from 1965-1970. Creating the World Food Prize in 1986 with General Foods Corporation (today a subsidiary of Kraft Foods), Borlaug hoped such a prize would inspire others to help combat hunger, and increase the availability of food for all. Headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, the WFP not only awards people and organizations for their contributions, but also hosts a yearly “Borlaug Dialogue”, a symposium addressing an issue related to hunger and food security. Televised each year, the awards ceremony takes place in the House Chamber of the Iowa state capitol building. Every year, the celebration takes place on or around October 16th, to correspond with World Food Day.
Should you ever find yourself in Iowa, make sure to give their headquarters a visit, to help learn about the challenges faced in feeding the world, and see first hand the efforts past winners have exerted. One past winner is even a former U.S. Presidential Candidate! You can visit the World Food Prize website here, to help learn more and see how you can get yourself. And should you like to start on your own custom buttons or custom sticker project, be sure to visit us at www.justbuttons.org !