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The Borlaug Blog


For 30 years, the World Food Prize has worked to build on the legacy of Dr. Norman Borlaug, the man who saved a billion lives, by recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. Our Laureates, our close partners, and our staff work tirelessly to alleviate hunger through innovative approaches, and we hope to share their expertise, research, and personal stories on The Borlaug Blog.

Each week on The Borlaug Blog, we will post a blog featuring stories, research, and expert opinion from our Laureates, partners, and staff. It is our hope that this blog series will create a conversation between farmers, NGOs, CEOs and people across the globe.

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The Groundwork of Change

By My Nhan posted on 01/21/2019 at 8:00 AM
There is a saying in Vietnamese that goes, “Có công mài sắt có ngày nên kim,” meaning, “The labor of finely sharpening a piece of metal will one day produce a needle.” My journey with sharpening my block of metal dates back to 4th grade. Coming from a refugee background,...

International in Iowa

By Elena Hildebrandt posted on 01/14/2019 at 8:00 AM
I have spent my entire life in Iowa, a state largely known for its agriculture. However, I knew very little about food policy or agriculture for much of my life. I attended an urban high school that didn’t have FFA or 4-H. I had always assumed agriculture was a distinctly...

The Unsung Story of How the World Food Prize Promotes the Humanities

By Will Hamilton posted on 01/07/2019 at 8:00 AM
Most of us brave souls who decide to major in history in college make the decision out of love for the subject, forgoing more ‘sensible’ majors like business, information technology, or the sciences. We know quite well about the bleak job outlook for us historians once we enter the job...

We All Have A Part To Play

By Denny Kelly posted on 12/31/2018 at 8:00 AM
Like so many others who have had the honor, I remember the day that I met Norman Borlaug. It was at a large group luncheon at the downtown Marriott during the busy week of the World Food Prize symposium. I knew his schedule was extremely full, but I walked over and...

Lessons in Humility from the Humble Heroes of the World Food Prize

By Kathleen McCracken posted on 12/24/2018 at 8:00 AM
This year, on the anniversary of Dr. Norman Borlaug’s death, the staff and interns at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates received an email from Amb. Kenneth Quinn about a special memory he has of Dr. Borlaug. Amb. Quinn shared with us the time he and Dr. Borlaug were...

Turning Inspiration into Action, Unforgettable Experience

By Maria A. Martinez and Glen Morris posted on 12/17/2018 at 8:00 AM
Serving as a pillar of excellence for agricultural appreciation and awareness, the World Food Prize Foundation continues to make strides in its mission to honor those who advance the quality, quantity and availability of food for all on this earth. For three days in October, hundreds of high school students,...

Building and Feeding Our Growing Urban World

By Jayson White posted on 12/10/2018 at 8:00 AM
In the fall of 2000, just after I earned my degree in philosophy from Iowa State University, a unique opportunity landed in my lap: to become the first Communications Director for the World Food Prize Foundation. In the early years of Ambassador Kenneth Quinn’s and the Ruan family’s leadership bringing the...

What’s the Future? Seaweed and the Youth!

By Maxime Brandenburg posted on 12/03/2018 at 8:00 AM
“What is the biggest lesson you have learned in the last few days?” This was the question my group leader asked me on the final day of this year’s World Food Prize Global Youth Institute (GYI). My answer: ”That we can all make a difference.” Four Dutch students had the opportunity...

Inspired by the Legacy of Norman Borlaug and My Family Farm

By Hans Riensche posted on 11/26/2018 at 8:00 AM
Six generations ago my family moved from Berenbusch, Germany to a small farm near the town of Jubilee, Iowa, not far from the childhood home of Norman Borlaug. The legacy of my family over the last 150 years has inspired me to pursue a life in agriculture and to use...

The Most Inspiring Week of 2018

By Marloes Ruiter posted on 11/19/2018 at 8:00 AM
If someone asked you to name the most inspiring moment of 2018, what would it be? The fact that my answer would be the Global Youth Institute in October wouldn’t surprise anyone who has ever participated in this life-changing week. But to mention the most inspiring moment of that week...
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