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.
By Jody Beimer posted on
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I am pleased to be part of the conversation with other Borlaug Bloggers! We all have Dr. Norman Borlaug in common by: his message of improving the quality, quantity and availability of food as our mission statement; an appreciation of the Borlaug Laureates’ accomplishments; and Dr. Borlaug’s personal character...
By Sir Fazle Hasan Abed posted on
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Sir Fazle Hasan Abed
When I began working with farmers struggling with poverty in 1972, I was a young accountant, fresh from a job in the finance department of Shell Oil. I had lofty ideas of how I could help transform our new nation, Bangladesh, which was then one of the...
By Meghna Ravishankar posted on
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Almost two years ago I unintentionally happened upon The World Food Prize Foundation – and there blossomed a series of professional and intellectual relationships and friendships I didn’t know were possible. My first George Washington Carver Internship at the WFP was in the summer of 2015. I came back...
By Dr. Robert Fraley posted on
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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...
By Maggie Catley-Carlson posted on
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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...
By Badrinarayan Barwale posted on
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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...
By Ellie Sukup posted on
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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...
By Dr. Peter McPherson posted on
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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...
By Hon. Tom Vilsack posted on
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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...
By Dr. M.S. Swaminathan posted on
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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...