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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, youth representatives 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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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...

Changing the World, One Tweet at a Time

By Melanie Van Horn posted on 10/01/2018 at 8:00 AM
Walking into the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates for the first time was a breathtaking experience for me, a young college student starting her first professional internship. The high ceilings and spacious ballrooms enveloped me as I entered, and a wide stone staircase flanked by two enormous pillars guided...

The Power of Six

By Dr. Sarah Evanega posted on 09/24/2018 at 8:00 AM
Let’s start with a simple math problem. Take your 2017 adjusted gross income and multiply it by six. When you have your answer, think about this: How would your life be different if your income increased six-fold? What new choices would you make? How would you improve your life? How...

The Right Recipe

By Hannah Wiles posted on 09/17/2018 at 8:00 AM
I grew up among the suburban cornfields of Iowa where neighborhoods mingled among farmland. Every day I passed by golden fields of corn or the green rows of soybeans on my way to school. Each summer my family had a daily routine of picking up ears of corn by the...

A Wondrous Journey

By Roger Thurow posted on 09/10/2018 at 8:00 AM
Rare is the map that would label the stretch of Interstate 80 running through Iowa as a “scenic route.” To most drivers, it is a straight, flat, smooth track to test speed limits and challenge radar devices; for many passengers, it is a time to nod off. But, really, cruising down...

Cultivating Sustainable Agriculture, Peace and Justice

By Dr. Margaret Zeigler posted on 09/03/2018 at 8:00 AM
“If you desire peace, cultivate justice, but at the same time cultivate the fields to produce more bread, otherwise there will be no peace.” -Norman Borlaug Our world is hungry for bread, peace and justice, and to cultivate them requires good policy, investments, hard work and partnerships. I remember Dr. Norman...
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