Melette DeVore of Cedar Rapids John F. Kennedy High School was among the top students in the country selected to attend the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute Oct. 17-19, 2013 in Des Moines during the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium, which drew 1,500 people from more than 65 countries to discuss the world’s hunger and food security issues. The World Food Prize was founded by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug in order to recognize and inspire great achievements in improving the quality, quantity and availability of food in the world. This year’s World Food Prize events kicked off the beginning of a year-long anniversary celebration in honor of Dr. Borlaug’s 100th birthday that will culminate in fall 2014.
DeVore is the daughter of Martin and Rochelle DeVore of Cedar Rapids. She is the granddaughter of Louie Johnson and Karen Johnson of Centerville and also Kenneth DeVore of Corydon.
Students from across the United States and abroad researched global food security issues in the country of their choice and then submitted papers on those critical topics, which they also presented to renowned experts and scientists.
At the three-day World Food Prize Global Youth Institute, DeVore and 150 other high school students had the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of internationally renowned World Food Prize Laureates and leaders in food, agriculture and international development.
Global Youth Institute attendees participated in symposium sessions featuring:
• His Excellency Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland;
• His Eminence Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson of Ghana, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Holy See, The Vatican;
• His Excellency Akinwumi A. Adesina, Honorable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nigeria;
• Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Howard G. Buffett and Howard W. Buffett who announced the creation of the 40 Chances Fellows program, a partnership of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Tony Blair’s Africa Governance Initiative, and The World Food Prize;