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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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Urged to Action

By Sam Harris posted on 10/02/2017 at 9:56 AM
Sam Harris “It would probably be easier if I could just end my life...I can’t pay these debts,” Depak uttered during my first focus-group interview as a 2014 Borlaug-Ruan International Intern. I found myself 8,000 miles outside of my comfort zone when I stepped from the plane in rural India only...

The Borlaug-Ruan Internship

By Rachel Ganson posted on 09/25/2017 at 10:14 AM
Rachel Ganson My first morning as a Global Youth Institute participant, I quickly learned two things about food security and agricultural sustainability: first, there was an overwhelming amount of information I did not know; second, learning about and addressing these issues would be a lifelong passion. Throughout the weekend, I was...

The Global Youth Institute: A Transformative Experience for Students and Educators

By Kraig Bowers posted on 09/18/2017 at 10:45 AM
Kraig Bowers The World Food Prize Global Youth Institute was a transformative experience for my students’ educational vision and personal journey. As an agricultural educator of 14 years, finding time to fit any new activity into our program’s schedule was nearly impossible. The year was already booked full of events that...

From Iowa to India: Combating Mycotoxins in the Footsteps of a Revolutionary

By Anthony Wenndt posted on 09/12/2017 at 10:21 AM
Of the many things we can learn from history, my favorite is that powerful movements are often born of humble beginnings. I am proud that the Borlaug story began in Cresco, just hours from the Iowa farm that I shall forever consider home. Perhaps those who are wrought from the...

The Role of Policy in Implementation of Dr. Borlaug’s Message: “Take It To the Farmer”

By Bram Govaerts posted on 09/05/2017 at 9:35 AM
Dr. Bram Govaerts People are often discouraged by the prospect of dealing with an administrative procedure in a government office, whether that may be requesting a revision of taxes paid, registering for public health services or updating a driver’s license. Before we know it, we find ourselves trying to complete a...

My Passion: The World Food Prize

By Jody Beimer posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:08 AM
Jody Beimer 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...

Technology and Empowerment: Fulfilling the Green Revolution’s promise to disrupt systems of suffering.

By Sir Fazle Hasan Abed posted on 08/21/2017 at 9:08 AM
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...

My George Washington Carver Internship Experience

By Meghna Ravishankar posted on 08/14/2017 at 9:07 AM
Meghna Ravishankar 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...

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...
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