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Israeli irrigation expert wins World Food Prize

Israeli scientist wins World Food Prize for development of drip irrigation for dry climates By The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) ' An Israeli scientist who has reached across political and ethnic boundaries to help dozens of countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia improve agriculture with new methods of irrigation will receive the World Food Prize.

The prize's foundation says the $250,000 award will go to Daniel Hillel for developing drip irrigation methods that conserve water while allowing food to be grown in some of the world's driest climates. The announcement came during a ceremony Tuesday in Washington.

Hillel will officially receive the prize honoring efforts to fight global hunger on Oct. 18 in Des Moines, Iowa.

The World Food Prize was created by Iowa native Norman Borlaug, the winner of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to increase food production in developing nations. Borlaug died in 2009.

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