Insurance Leaders take part in the World Food Prize

World Food Prize

When the World Food Prize started almost three decades ago, it was a small affair.

The event revolved around an award ceremony before expanding to a half-day symposium that drew about 50 people. Now it’s a weeklong series of events, panels and speakers, drawing about 1,500 people last year, said Megan Forgrave, a World Food Prize spokeswoman.

Its growth has made the World Food Prize a go-to event for global leaders in agriculture and hunger relief efforts — and an inspiration for this week’s Global Insurance Symposium.

“The concept was modeled after what the World Food Prize has really become for ag-bio,” said Jay Byers, CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. “That’s why we decided to do it in the spring, is to really be a bookend” for October’s World Food Prize.

More than 300 insurance professionals and executives are registered for this week’s symposium, which starts with a reception Tuesday. About 125 of those guests are coming from outside the U.S., according to the Partnership.

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