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World Food Prize announces transition in leadership


Barbara Stinson will step down as president of the World Food Prize Foundation, the organization announced Thursday.

Stinson was named president in November 2019, and assumed the role in January 2020, filling the position after Ambassador Kenneth Quinn announced his retirement after 20 years. She became only the second president in the organization’s history after it was created by Norman Borlaug in 1986.

The World Food Prize celebrates innovations in global food security and is considered the preeminent award for agriculture.

In a news release announcing the transition, officials with the Des Moines-based World Food Prize Foundation cited Stinson’s leadership through the challenges of the pandemic, and the return to an in-person Borlaug Dialogue and laureate award ceremony last year. They also said that during her tenure, three “remarkable laureate award winners” were announced.

“During her three years at the World Food Prize Foundation, Barbara has been an effective advocate, highlighting innovations in agriculture to address global food security,” Paul Schickler, chair of the World Food Prize Foundation, said in the release.

An interim president will be named to ensure a smooth transition, the release stated. The release did not give a timeline for Stinson’s departure or what her plans are for the future.

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