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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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Personal Reflections on Dr. Norman Borlaug: From the Green Revolution to the Gene Revolution – and Beyond!

By Dr. Robert Fraley posted on 08/07/2017 at 9:07 AM
Dr. Robert Fraley Sometimes it’s hard to believe that it has been 20 years since Monsanto introduced the first commercial, genetically modified soybean, corn and cotton seeds. By contrast, the 15+ years of research that led to those milestones often felt very long. I was elated when my colleagues and I...

Water for Food

By Maggie Catley-Carlson posted on 07/31/2017 at 9:07 AM
What’s the issue? No water, no life. A big part of this stark reality is that all food production requires water. There are very dangerous patterns in water use for our collective food production, which takes over 2/3 of the water humans use: energy, industries and municipalities take most of the...

When the Green Revolution Came to India

By Badrinarayan Barwale posted on 07/25/2017 at 2:38 PM
Dr. B.R. Barwale India in the 1950’s-60s was going through a great food shortage. Food became so scarce that ships destined for other countries had to be diverted to India. Our situation was one where food went ship to mouth. The government put many restrictions on food consumption. There were restrictions on...

The Global Youth Institute: Sowing Inspiration and Cultivating Change

By Ellie Sukup posted on 07/24/2017 at 9:07 AM
Elizabeth Sukup Since graduating from college nearly 10 years ago, I have spent the better part of my career working within the food security realm in Africa. A common line of questioning within expat circles is “Where are you from, where do you work and how did you find your way...

Why Public Universities Must Lead in Solving the Global Food Crisis

By Dr. Peter McPherson posted on 07/17/2017 at 9:03 AM
Dr. Peter McPherson The world is facing a well-known food and nutrition crisis. Even as millions of Americans lack access to healthy and nutritious food, 133 billion pounds of food is thrown away in the U.S. each year. Nearly 800 million people are currently undernourished globally and the world’s population is...

Dairy is Whey More than Milk

By Hon. Tom Vilsack posted on 07/10/2017 at 9:02 AM
Whey protein can become an effective weapon in the fight against global malnutrition and food insecurity Hon. Tom Vilsack What do people think when they hear the word “dairy?” Some see a tall glass of milk like the one my late friend Dr. Norman Borlaug drank every morning to kickstart his day...

How Receiving the World Food Prize Had an Impact on My Work

By Dr. M.S. Swaminathan posted on 07/03/2017 at 2:56 PM
Dr. M. S. Swaminathan I felt extremely honored when I received the first World Food Prize in 1987 for several reasons. This prize was established with great difficulty by Dr. Norman Borlaug who first tried without success to establish a Nobel Prize in Food and Agriculture. Fortunately, over the years, thanks...

Africa's Norman Borlaug: Uplifting Millions Out of Poverty

By Ambassador Kenneth Quinn posted on 06/26/2017 at 12:46 PM
Amb. Ken Quinn In launching our new Borlaug Blog series, I am pleased to call attention to our founder Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, and our newest World Food Prize Laureate, an individual who is leading efforts to fulfill one of Dr. Borlaug's most heartfelt goals--bringing the Green Revolution to Africa. After...
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