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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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2022 Borlaug Dialogue Recap: Dynamic Cooperation & Unusual Partners

By Elizabeth Wilhelm posted on 10/18/2022 at 9:56 PM
Three experts shared their experiences and commitment to the advancement to agriculture during a fireside chat titled “Dynamic Cooperation and Unique Partners” on the first day of the 2022 International Borlaug Dialogue. Speakers included: Godfrey Bahiigwa, Director of Agriculture and Rural Development at African Union Commission, Manuel Otero, Director General of the...

Two companies win $250K Radicle Inclusion Challenge

By Grace Pender posted on 10/18/2022 at 9:46 PM
Two companies walked away from the first day of the 2022 International Borlaug Dialogue with new financial investments after winning The Radicle Inclusion Challenge by Nutrien. The pitch competition is aimed at uplifting historically disadvantaged groups by providing investments in early-stage companies with goals of implementing diversity and inclusion and...

The Triple C's (COVID, Conflict, Climate) and More: Shocks, Recovery and Regeneration

By Meghan Holloran posted on 10/18/2022 at 9:30 PM
COVID-19, climate change and conflict, known in the World Food Prize Foundation community as the three Cs - have been central to food and agriculture conversations as key influences in the pursuit of food security. They were also the focus of the first roundtable at the 2022 Borlaug International Dialogue,...

My Memories Of John Ruan III: A Tribute From Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn

By Amb. Kenneth M. Quinn posted on 10/05/2021 at 8:00 AM
When the word of John Ruan III's passing reached us, my wife Le Son and I were stunned and then deeply saddened when we realized we would never again see the man who had given me one of the greatest opportunities of my professional life, who, with his wonderful wife...

Our Decade Of Action Requires A Rural Renaissance, Starting With The Farmer

By Paul Schickler posted on 09/08/2021 at 8:00 AM
From October 20 to 22, leaders, educators and youth who share a passion for agriculture will gather again at the International Borlaug Dialogue to recommit to a decade of action. The Dialogue began more than 20 years ago as a forum to celebrate scientific advancements and forge partnerships to help...

Iowa Hunger Summit Focused on Transformation

By Kyle Poorman posted on 08/23/2021 at 12:08 PM
I am truly excited to join the World Food Prize Foundation as the new Director of the Iowa Hunger Summit. As the 15th Anniversary of the Iowa Hunger Summit approaches, I am reflecting on the Summit’s premise. It was established by three Iowa governors to be a collaborative, non-partisan space...

Registration for the 2021 Borlaug Dialogue is Open!

By Victoria Chia posted on 08/18/2021 at 8:00 AM
Joining the World Food Prize Foundation as the new Sr. Director, International Dialogues in June has been a joy. Over the past two months, it has been a pleasure getting to know so many of you who are passionate about feeding the world. I am eager for the opportunity to...

Now is the Time - Stand Up and Lead

By Tessa Rose Mahmoudi posted on 08/05/2021 at 2:00 PM
As a teenager growing up on a farm in southeastern Minnesota, I was privileged to participate in the World Food Prize Foundation Global Youth Institute in 2011 and then to become a Borlaug-Ruan International Intern in 2012. This experience changed my life. At any age, being asked difficult questions can...

Transforming The Agricultural Research Agenda With Aquatic Foods

By Gareth Johnstone posted on 08/04/2021 at 8:00 AM
Anchoring fish and aquatic food systems in the international agricultural research agenda offers unmatched potential to transform food systems to nourish all people and our planet. In their current state, our food systems are broken. Three billion people lack access to affordable, safe and nutritious diets. The ways we produce, supply...

Setting Our Sights Beyond “Normal”

By President Gilbert Houngbo posted on 08/03/2021 at 10:57 AM
In September 2019, amidst troubling increases in food insecurity and widespread poverty, the United Nations launched the Decade of Action to galvanize global resolve to achieve the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. COVID-19, however, has moved our starting line back a great distance. At the same time, the impacts of...
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