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Leader of food security nonprofits to head World Food Prize

DES MOINES, Iowa — A woman who has led non-profit organizations focused on global food security and the impact of climate change on agricultural productivity is the new president of the World Food Prize Foundation.

Barbara Stinson will succeed Kenneth Quinn, the former U.S. ambassador to Cambodia whose 20-year leadership established an international presence for the Des Moines, Iowa-based foundation. It attracts 1,200 world leaders from 65 countries to the annual award ceremony and symposium focused on global food security and nutrition.

The foundation awards the $250,000 World Food Prize annually to individuals who work to reduce world hunger.

Quinn is retiring, and Stinson begins Jan. 4.

Plant scientist Norman Borlaug, the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, created the award to recognize scientists and others who have improved the quality and availability of food.

David Pitt, The Associated Press