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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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Turning recognition into action: The World Food Prize impact

By Emily Boyden posted on 04/17/2023 at 3:02 PM
People told Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig her life would change because she won the World Food Prize, but she was still surprised at the impact it has had – on professional and personal fronts. “It does indeed change your life in an absolutely fantastic way,” said Rosenzweig, 2022 World Food Prize...

Opening Doors to Food Policy Change: Per Pinstrup-Andersen's World Food Prize Journey

By Jackie Negro posted on 04/05/2023 at 10:19 AM
When he accepted the World Food Prize in 2001, Danish economist Per Pinstrup-Andersen expressed his hope for new opportunities to end human suffering. “I will use those opportunities to the best of my knowledge and the best of my ability,” he said. Since then, he has been on a path to...

From Farm to World Food Prize: Robert Mwanga's Path from Sweet Potato Breeder to Global Advocate

By Jackie Negro posted on 03/14/2023 at 2:26 PM
From growing up on a farm in a remote village in Uganda to winning the World Food Prize, Dr. Robert Mwanga’s career has been one of using innovation and education to better nourish the world. While a student, he became interested in the unique challenge of producing more nutrient-dense crops...

Learning from George Washington Carver

By Kyle Poorman and Natalie Bidner posted on 02/27/2023 at 11:22 AM
On February 1, Iowa celebrated the inaugural George Washington Carver day in honor of the world renowned agricultural innovator and educator whose focus never wavered from empowering those around him. It was an honor to celebrate Carver’s legacy on February 1 alongside our partners at Iowa State University and in tandem...

Four steps the Iowa Legislature can take to end hunger

By Kyle Poorman and Jon Wogman posted on 01/13/2023 at 10:44 AM
As we begin 2023 and a new General Assembly of the Iowa Legislature, Iowans are experiencing record levels of hunger. This need is well-documented in recent reports of increased demand for emergency food aid due to an end to pandemic-era relief programs, inflation and rising food costs. Addressing immediate needs is...

U.S. Government officials make new food and agriculture commitments at the Borlaug Dialogue

By Emily Boyden posted on 12/20/2022 at 9:23 AM
Food and agriculture account for one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions and governments have a key role to play in developing sustainable food systems. U.S. officials outlined their plans for how to do so at the national and international level during the 2022 Norman E. Borlaug International Dialogue in Des...

Was Food the Prize of COP27?

By Kyle Poorman posted on 12/12/2022 at 4:45 PM
Food and agriculture played a key role in climate change negotiations at the recent COP 27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. It was the first time in more than a quarter century of international climate talks that these systems were prioritized, even as the importance of these systems has been documented...

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...
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