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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.

In the Borlaug Blog, we will occasionally 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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Looking Beyond and Coming Together: Using NASA and AgMIP Tools for Food and Agriculture

By Grace Pender posted on 10/19/2022 at 10:05 PM
On Wednesday, October 19, a panel of NASA experts provided insights into the climate work of NASA and the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP) during the World Food Prize Foundation’s Borlaug Dialogue. Speakers included: Cynthia Rosenzweig, senior research scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) and 2022...

A Better Way to Feed the World

By Jackie Negro posted on 10/19/2022 at 9:16 PM
After a day orienting food security experts from around the world on the interconnected challenges of climate change, COVID-19, global conflict and more, the second day of the Borlaug Dialogue began to delve deeper into the agricultural development landscape with a keynote speech from Samantha Power, administrator of the U.S....

Climate Equity: Adaptation for Small Farmers in India

By Regan Day posted on 10/19/2022 at 8:51 PM
This breakout session, hosted by the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), brought together five experts in the agricultural industry to explore the importance of small farmers in India and the role climate equity plays in their communities. To start the conversation, Dr. Madhura Swaminathan, chairperson of MSSRF, shared with...

2022 Borlaug Dialogue Recap: Dynamic Cooperation & Unusual Partners

By Elizabeth Wilhelm posted on 10/18/2022 at 9:56 PM
Three experts shared their experiences and commitment to the advancement to agriculture during a fireside chat titled “Dynamic Cooperation and Unique Partners” on the first day of the 2022 International Borlaug Dialogue. Speakers included: Godfrey Bahiigwa, Director of Agriculture and Rural Development at African Union Commission, Manuel Otero, Director General of the...

Two companies win $250K Radicle Inclusion Challenge

By Grace Pender posted on 10/18/2022 at 9:46 PM
Two companies walked away from the first day of the 2022 International Borlaug Dialogue with new financial investments after winning The Radicle Inclusion Challenge by Nutrien. The pitch competition is aimed at uplifting historically disadvantaged groups by providing investments in early-stage companies with goals of implementing diversity and inclusion and...

The Triple C's (COVID, Conflict, Climate) and More: Shocks, Recovery and Regeneration

By Meghan Holloran posted on 10/18/2022 at 9:30 PM
COVID-19, climate change and conflict, known in the World Food Prize Foundation community as the three Cs - have been central to food and agriculture conversations as key influences in the pursuit of food security. They were also the focus of the first roundtable at the 2022 Borlaug International Dialogue,...

My Memories Of John Ruan III: A Tribute From Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn

By Amb. Kenneth M. Quinn posted on 10/05/2021 at 8:00 AM
When the word of John Ruan III's passing reached us, my wife Le Son and I were stunned and then deeply saddened when we realized we would never again see the man who had given me one of the greatest opportunities of my professional life, who, with his wonderful wife...

Our Decade Of Action Requires A Rural Renaissance, Starting With The Farmer

By Paul Schickler posted on 09/08/2021 at 8:00 AM
From October 20 to 22, leaders, educators and youth who share a passion for agriculture will gather again at the International Borlaug Dialogue to recommit to a decade of action. The Dialogue began more than 20 years ago as a forum to celebrate scientific advancements and forge partnerships to help...

Iowa Hunger Summit Focused on Transformation

By Kyle Poorman posted on 08/23/2021 at 12:08 PM
I am truly excited to join the World Food Prize Foundation as the new Director of the Iowa Hunger Summit. As the 15th Anniversary of the Iowa Hunger Summit approaches, I am reflecting on the Summit’s premise. It was established by three Iowa governors to be a collaborative, non-partisan space...

Registration for the 2021 Borlaug Dialogue is Open!

By Victoria Chia posted on 08/18/2021 at 8:00 AM
Joining the World Food Prize Foundation as the new Sr. Director, International Dialogues in June has been a joy. Over the past two months, it has been a pleasure getting to know so many of you who are passionate about feeding the world. I am eager for the opportunity to...
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