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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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My Biggest Impact

By Nina Ford posted on 05/07/2018 at 11:46 AM
There have been many people in my college career that have impacted my life, but I never imagined that Dr. Norman Borlaug would be one of them. I started my internship with The World Food Prize Foundation during my junior year of college at Iowa State University, and my life has...

Iowa Youth Institute: A Catalyst for Change

By Kelsey Tyrrell posted on 04/30/2018 at 8:00 AM
Ask any high school student what career they are most interested in and you’re most likely to get a common group of responses such as doctor, teacher, lawyer, artist, or entrepreneur. This shows that young people want to make a difference; they are excited to share their talents with the...

Multidisciplinary thinkers at the first Youth Institute in Europe

By Louise O. Fresco posted on 04/23/2018 at 8:00 AM
The cow in the field is tracked by a GPS, the pasture quality is measured by a drone, and the milk on the supermarket shelf can be traced back to that specific cow. Your blood pressure is measured by your FitBit, an app monitors your protein requirement and your fridge...

Meet the Women Filling the Gender Gap in Agriculture

By Kait Partanen posted on 04/16/2018 at 8:00 AM
If we had the chance to lift 150 million more people out of hunger – why wouldn’t we jump at it? The gender gap in agriculture is stopping us from doing this. On average, women farmers grow 20-30 percent less than their male counterparts, due to unequal access to productive resources...

Dreams and a Business Born in Iowa

By Rachael Cox posted on 04/09/2018 at 8:00 AM
Sixteen years ago, as a young woman in Iowa with a dream to end world hunger, I timidly asked Norman Borlaug how I could follow in his footsteps. He said to pick a discipline and study, study, study! At the time, I had hoped for a more exciting answer from...

The Multibillion Dollar Question: How Much Will it Cost to End Hunger and Undernutrition?

By Shenggen Fan posted on 04/02/2018 at 8:00 AM
World leaders have committed to ending hunger and malnutrition by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yet we are not on track to achieve this goal—in fact, hunger, measured as caloric deficiency, rose in 2016 after more than a decade of impressive progress. More than 150 million...

Scoring Goals for Africa

By Dr. Akinwumi Adesina posted on 03/26/2018 at 8:00 AM
It’s been almost six months since I was honoured as the Laureate of the 2017 World Food Prize. Since then, time has passed quickly. The award and the accolades were, and still are, very much appreciated. I still savour the memories of those few days in Des Moines, back in October...

What Borlaug Means to Me

By Nick Grandstaff posted on 03/19/2018 at 8:00 AM
Not too long ago, I was introduced to Dr. Norman Borlaug in my high school biology class. Frankly, I had no idea who he was. My teacher, Mrs. Reichert, began the class by posing the question: “Does anyone know who on Earth is credited with saving one billion lives?” No...

In the Eyes of the Children

By Randy Renze posted on 03/12/2018 at 8:00 AM
The real pleasure of being a World Food Prize Hall of Laureates docent is seeing the eyes of a student, big or small – old or young, light up as one piece of the Hall’s story energizes their thoughts, lighting up their imagination on what their future might hold and...

What Comes From the Ordinary

By Francine Barchett posted on 03/05/2018 at 8:00 AM
“Really, Iowa? Why Iowa?” When I told my high school friends I would be going to a food symposium in Iowa, their responses ranged from amazement to amusement to borderline confusion. Most pictured Iowa as a vast and isolated wilderness of corn and tractors, yet one thought outside the box...
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