Tony Blair, the former prime minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, will be one of the speakers at the Borlaug Dialogue in October as part of the 2013 World Food Prize celebration.


Blair will speak on a panel titled "40 Chances," which represents the number of growing seasons a farmer can expect during his or her lifetime. The panel will also include Howard Buffett, a farmer and president of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, and Ritu Sharma, founder and CEO of Women Thrive Worldwide.


Other prominent speakers for the dialogue, to take place Oct. 16-18, include Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, current president of Iceland, and Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace at the Holy See in the Vatican.


The World Food Prize Foundation also announced today the three winners of the 2013 World Food Prize. 

  • Mark Van Montagu of Belgium, founder and chairman of the Institute of Plant Biotechnology Outreach at Ghent University in Belgium
  • Mary-Dell Chilton, a U.S. native, the founder and distinguished fellow of Syngenta Biotechnology
  • Robert T. Fraley, also a U.S. native, the executive vice president and chief technology officer of Monsanto Co
The three winners will be honored at the World Food Prize's Annual Laureate Award Ceremony in Des Moines on Oct. 17. For more information on the laureates, click here.