Former British PM Tony Blair plans Oct. Iowa visit

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The World Food Prize Foundation says former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will attend events in conjunction with the prize’s award ceremony to be held in Des Moines in October.

Blair, now an international envoy to the Middle East, will speak as part of a panel of experts discussing biotechnology and other topics. The Borlaug Dialogue events honoring Norman Borlaug, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 and founder of the World Food Prize, are scheduled for Oct. 16 through 18.

Others attending include Iceland’s president and agriculture ministers from Nigeria and Malawi. Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, at the Holy See in the Vatican also is scheduled to be among the 1,000 dignitaries from businesses and nonprofit groups attending.

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