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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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The Power Of Women’s Empowerment For Food Security

By Salma Sultana posted on 03/15/2021 at 8:00 AM
Women, especially in developing countries, are key to eradicating hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. The role of women is pivotal in agricultural production and in food security. They are the primary farmers and producers in a large part of the world. They produce sixty percent to eighty percent of the food...

Women In Leadership: Achieving An Equal Future In A Covid-19 World

By Margaret Catley-Carlson posted on 03/12/2021 at 8:00 AM
When I became President of the Canadian International Development Agency in 1983, the world was much taken by Chairman Mao's "Women hold up half the sky." It seemed to portend change toward recognition, expanded potential and greater welcome for diversification of female capacities. The prophetic elements were accurate - in many...

Transformative Adaptation Is Needed For A Water And Food Secure World

By Aditi Mukherji posted on 03/11/2021 at 8:00 AM
Every year, the month of March fills me with hope. As a woman of color, working on solving the world's water problems, March lets me celebrate two causes that I am absolutely passionate about: those of women and water. This March, however, is also bittersweet. It has been exactly a...

Good Food Powers People And Economies: It Starts With Women

By Asma Lateef posted on 03/10/2021 at 8:00 AM
COVID-19 emerged suddenly and upended everything. As so many have noted, the pandemic has revealed significant inequities and vulnerabilities in our food systems. One direct consequence is that women all over the world have disproportionately borne the brunt of the crisis. The reasons for this injustice are rooted in the...

Gender Is A Hot Topic In Agriculture. It’s Missing The Point

By Hale Ann Tufan posted on 03/09/2021 at 12:53 PM
Tell people the biggest goals for global food security, and you’re bound to get heads nodding in agreement. Eliminating hunger and making the food system equitable for all — two deceptively straightforward and non-controversial aims — garner plenty of support. But take a moment to reflect, and you find complex...

Recognize Women’s Foundational Role In Agriculture

By Madhura Swaminathan posted on 03/08/2021 at 9:29 AM
In all parts of the world, women play an important role in the food system: in crop production, in animal rearing, in post-harvest agro-processing, in food marketing, and in cooking, child feeding and waste disposal. In the policy sphere and in data and research, however, they remain unseen. On this...

Mobilizing 4 Action

By Barbara Stinson posted on 03/08/2021 at 9:01 AM
Becoming President of the World Food Prize Foundation was a dream come true for me, a chance to advance the legacy of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, inspiring critical action to end hunger around the globe. While 2020 brought many unanticipated challenges for us all, we at the Foundation also learned...

Dreams Fulfilled

By Ken Quinn posted on 12/30/2019 at 8:00 AM
In 1999, having completed my tenure as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, I accepted John Ruan III’s offer to return home to Iowa and assume leadership of the World Food Prize Foundation. I was leaving my assignment on the Mekong River to, in effect, come full circle on...

A Legacy Bestowed

By Catherine Swoboda posted on 12/23/2019 at 8:00 AM
As all readers of the Borlaug Blog and friends to the World Food Prize know, this year marks the close to an astonishing era in the history of the World Food Prize Foundation. 2019 is the final year of Ambassador Kenneth Quinn’s exceptional, twenty-year tenure as President of the World...

The Indissoluble Bond between Shijiazhuang Foreign Language School and the World Food Prize

By Pei Hongxia posted on 12/16/2019 at 8:00 AM
The World Food Prize, which is referred to as the Nobel Prize in the food and agriculture sector as well as the highest honor in the international agricultural arena, was established in 1986 by Dr. Norman Borlaug, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, to reward those who made great contributions to...
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