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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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Hungry Bellies and Silent Killers: Why both Quantity and Quality Matter in Food Security

By Charity Mutegi posted on 12/18/2017 at 9:50 AM
What do you look for at the market or the grocery store? Do you seek out food that offers good value for money or the best taste? Would you rather have a large helping or a dish that looks appealing? Amongst all these decisions we grapple with, one thing is...

What Innovations in Food Production Are Likely to Have Significant Impact in the Next Decade?

By Dr. Robert Mwanga posted on 12/11/2017 at 9:37 AM
Dr. Robert Mwanga “Innovations in food production” is a broad topic. These innovations are diverse and hold immense potential in addressing hunger in the world, but the main critical factors to significantly impact planet earth in the next decade must be considered first. We must immediately prioritize innovating factors likely to...

Borlaug-Ruan Intern Finds Inspiration in India

By Lisa Fleming posted on 12/04/2017 at 9:50 AM
Lisa Fleming “It was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done but the best thing I’ve ever done in my life.” Thus started my recent conversation with Edwin Belton Moore - a World Food Prize Borlaug-Ruan International Intern Alumnus from North Carolina – as he reflected on his 2015 summer internship...

The Role of Technology in Achieving Global Food Security

By Dr. Maria Andrade  posted on 11/27/2017 at 9:58 AM
Dr. Maria Andrade Global food security implies that all people throughout the world, including vulnerable groups such as the rural and urban poor, at all times have access to adequate quantities of safe and nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life. Food security is a right that should be...

Youth Engagement for Sustainable Intensification in Africa

By Dr. Zach Stewart posted on 11/20/2017 at 12:08 PM
Dr. Zach Stewart Growing up on a farm in Southwest Iowa, I had already fallen in love with agriculture, but had no understanding of agriculture’s importance to the world, global stability and peace and the livelihood of the poor. Like many young students heading to college, I wanted to study a...

How to guide food systems to achieve nutrition objectives

By Dr. Per Pinstrup-Andersen posted on 11/13/2017 at 12:57 PM
Dr. Per Pinstrup-Andersen Much is known about how to change food systems for the benefit of human nutrition. Many pathways through which improved nutrition could flow from agriculture and other parts of food systems to peoples’ diets have been suggested and a large number of recommendations for action by policy-makers, households...

Norman E. Borlaug: The Man I Worked With and Knew

By Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram posted on 11/06/2017 at 10:26 AM
Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram Much has been written about Norman Borlaug, the agricultural scientist and humanitarian whose achievements are widely recognized; to add to those writings is a difficult task. This blog is an attempt to provide a personal perspective on Norman Borlaug that can come only from someone who has worked...

Bringing youth into the conversation on agriculture is not just about jobs

By Mercy Lung'aho posted on 11/02/2017 at 8:44 AM
“Take it to the farmer.” Norman Borlaug When Norman Borlaug gave us - the global community - this call to action, he was telling us to make our scientific advances useful and used by farmers. Too many times, our science fails to reach those who need it. In today’s world, even putting...

Food Science and Technology: A Weapon for the Fight Against Hunger, Malnutrition and Poverty

By Dr. Philip Nelson posted on 10/30/2017 at 9:20 AM
Dr. Philip Nelson According to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), one in every eight people in the world suffered from chronic undernourishment in 2014-2016, with the majority residing in developing countries. This statistics come on the heels of a previous FAO report (2011), which revealed that more than...

Africa can end malnutrition but lessons must be learnt from front-runners

By Badiane and Joachim von Braun posted on 10/26/2017 at 8:44 AM
Last week Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, the President of the African Development Bank, was named as the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate. This globally recognized prize for food and agriculture has been awarded to him for transforming Nigeria’s agriculture sector. Adesina holds the firm belief that within ten years, with renewed political...
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