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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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Two Deserving Researchers and Advocates Awarded the 2018 World Food Prize

By Dr. Marc Cohen posted on 07/16/2018 at 8:00 AM
The World Food Prize, sometimes called “the Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture,” frequently goes to plant breeders and other agricultural scientists. This is in keeping with the vision of its founder, plant pathologist Norman Borlaug, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to develop high-yielding wheat varieties. Once...

Transforming Food Systems: An Urgent Imperative

By Dr. David Nabarro posted on 07/09/2018 at 8:00 AM
Imagine a job where you are able to connect with thousands of people from all over the world, listening to their thoughts and ideas about how to make the world a better place. That was my role in the United Nations over the past 17 years: linking up with and...

The Man Who Nourished the World

By Dr. Lawrence Haddad posted on 07/02/2018 at 10:00 AM
My delight at being told that I was one of 2018’s World Food Prize Laureates was matched only by, well, sheer surprise. After all, I have not led a team of scientists to develop a breakthrough technology like the founder of the Prize, Dr. Norman Borlaug. After talking to Ambassador...

Research and Policy Partnership to Reduce Child Malnutrition Wins the 2018 World Food Prize

By Dr. Gebisa Ejeta posted on 06/25/2018 at 10:00 AM
Today, the World Food Prize Foundation announced Dr. Lawrence Haddad and Dr. David Nabarro as winners of the 2018 World Food Prize “for their individual and complementary global leadership in elevating maternal and child malnutrition to a central issue within the food security and development dialogue at national and international...

Inspiration From the Man Who Fed the World

By Bailey Schulz posted on 06/18/2018 at 8:00 AM
I have always wanted to work somewhere where I could make a difference. Growing up, my dream job would change constantly. My aspirations ranged from working as a veterinarian to teaching. Both are amazing jobs that make a positive impact in people’s lives, but neither felt quite right for me....

Launching a New African Investment Marketplace

By Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina posted on 06/11/2018 at 8:00 AM
Africa is restless, entrepreneurial, ambitious and brimming with opportunities for enterprise, business and investment. Many refer to Africa as having potential, but potential can’t be eaten, harvested or sold for profit. Potential remains theoretical until it is converted into action. Africa’s economies are generally robust and buoyant, despite global reverses and commodity...

Small and Impactful

By Mikayla Sullivan posted on 06/04/2018 at 12:00 PM
My journey with Dr. Norman Borlaug began when I was in middle school. While I was working on a National History Day project, I began delving into the life of a farm town boy who went on to change the world. Since my mom is from Cresco, the same town where...

Experiencing the Best in the World of Food and Agriculture

By Chris Wehrman posted on 05/28/2018 at 8:00 AM
My blog title sums up my feelings about serving as a Docent in the Laureate Society of the World Food Prize. I absolutely feel that the substance of the many meaningful stories within the walls of the Hall of Laureates evokes wonder, excitement and great appreciation for all that the...

The Roads Taken

By Elizabeth Grabau posted on 05/21/2018 at 8:00 AM
“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood;” Those are the first lines in the “The Road Not Taken,” by Robert Frost. I first recited this poem as a part of a speech given just months before starting college to...

Why do we waste wastewater? 

By Maggie Catley-Carlson posted on 05/11/2018 at 6:18 PM
I learned so much about water management especially in water scarce areas- from Akissa Bahri, an amazing Tunisian who has served with the African Development Bank, the FAO, IWMI, and the Global Partnership among many others. Here is her very concise chart on the advantages of the reuse of treated...
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