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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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By Drs. Lawrence Haddad and David Nabarro posted on 11/05/2018 at 8:00 AM
The World Food Prize has concluded another life-changing World Food Prize Week, and is celebrating the accomplishments of hunger fighters with this special edition of the Borlaug Blog. Both of our 2018 Laureates Drs. Lawrence Haddad and David Nabarro have had extensive careers in shaping food policy and reducing malnutrition...

Addressing the Malnutrition Problem in Disadvantaged Communities

By Dr. Gurdev Khush posted on 10/29/2018 at 8:00 AM
During the first three decades of the Green Revolution, Dr. Borlaug and other hunger fighters put great effort into increasing world food production. This was necessary as the famines were staring agricultural scientists and world leaders in the face. Having achieved breakthroughs in increasing food production, it became evident that...

High-rises for Better Nutrition

By Per Pinstrup-Andersen posted on 10/22/2018 at 8:00 AM
Micronutrient deficiencies are a very important part of the world food problem. Current estimates are that about 2 billion, more than a quarter of the world population, are affected. There are no indications that the number is falling, but it is likely to be tilted increasingly to urban populations. These...

The Norm Effect

By Isabella Culotta posted on 10/19/2018 at 8:00 AM
There’s a certain feeling I get during each World Food Prize event I attend, a sense of ignition. I go home inspired and excited by agricultural development and the people working towards it with me. I call it the Norm Effect. Dr. Norman Borlaug spent his life working towards change...

Feeding the World, One Child at a Time

By Senator Robert Dole posted on 10/18/2018 at 8:00 AM
I am delighted to join in commending Dr. Lawrence Haddad and Dr. David Nabarro upon receiving the World Food Prize for their important work on infant and child nutrition. They have dedicated their lives to helping those most in need and deserve this wonderful recognition. I would also like to commend...

International Collaboration to Alleviate an Emerging Threat to Wheat

By Dr. Matthew Rouse posted on 10/17/2018 at 8:00 AM
“It was scary,” said International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) scientist David Hodson. He was referring to hectare after hectare of wheat fields prematurely killed by a disease called stem rust in the Bale region of Ethiopia in 2013-2014. Compared with yields the previous year, average yield losses were...

A Vision for the Future

By Wendy Wintersteen posted on 10/16/2018 at 8:00 AM
In the year 2050, a gathering will take place at the Mpirigiti Rural Training Centre in the Kamuli District of Uganda. The purpose of the assembled group will be to open a time capsule from the year 2018. The time capsule was sealed this past July when I was honored to...

When Iowans Changed the World

By Michael Gartner posted on 10/15/2018 at 8:00 AM
Nearly 40 years ago, Ken Quinn wondered if I’d meet him after work for a drink. He had an idea, he said. The idea was quite simple: Change the world. And Iowans did. At the time, Quinn was working for Gov. Robert Ray and I was the editor of The Des...

Top 10 Featured Highlights of the 2018 World Food Prize Week

By Ambassador Kenneth Quinn posted on 10/13/2018 at 3:54 PM
The World Food Prize, stated be the equivalent of the “Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture,” is a $250,000 award created by Iowa’s great agricultural hero Dr. Norman Borlaug. It is presented each year in the magnificent Iowa State Capitol on or about October 16, celebrated around the globe as...

Adaptation to Environmental Stresses in Corn

By Dr. Surinder Vasal posted on 10/08/2018 at 8:00 AM
Corn is perhaps nature’s greatest gift to mankind. Its growth has been phenomenal, making it the world’s leading crop. Its contribution to the global food basket is significant. I consider it a crop of extraordinary features, with options and opportunities to make improvements, tackle problems and generate a spectrum of...
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