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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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We All Have A Part To Play

By Denny Kelly posted on 12/31/2018 at 8:00 AM
Like so many others who have had the honor, I remember the day that I met Norman Borlaug. It was at a large group luncheon at the downtown Marriott during the busy week of the World Food Prize symposium. I knew his schedule was extremely full, but I walked over and...

Lessons in Humility from the Humble Heroes of the World Food Prize

By Kathleen McCracken posted on 12/24/2018 at 8:00 AM
This year, on the anniversary of Dr. Norman Borlaug’s death, the staff and interns at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates received an email from Amb. Kenneth Quinn about a special memory he has of Dr. Borlaug. Amb. Quinn shared with us the time he and Dr. Borlaug were...

Turning Inspiration into Action, Unforgettable Experience

By Maria A. Martinez and Glen Morris posted on 12/17/2018 at 8:00 AM
Serving as a pillar of excellence for agricultural appreciation and awareness, the World Food Prize Foundation continues to make strides in its mission to honor those who advance the quality, quantity and availability of food for all on this earth. For three days in October, hundreds of high school students,...

Building and Feeding Our Growing Urban World

By Jayson White posted on 12/10/2018 at 8:00 AM
In the fall of 2000, just after I earned my degree in philosophy from Iowa State University, a unique opportunity landed in my lap: to become the first Communications Director for the World Food Prize Foundation. In the early years of Ambassador Kenneth Quinn’s and the Ruan family’s leadership bringing the...

What’s the Future? Seaweed and the Youth!

By Maxime Brandenburg posted on 12/03/2018 at 8:00 AM
“What is the biggest lesson you have learned in the last few days?” This was the question my group leader asked me on the final day of this year’s World Food Prize Global Youth Institute (GYI). My answer: ”That we can all make a difference.” Four Dutch students had the opportunity...

Inspired by the Legacy of Norman Borlaug and My Family Farm

By Hans Riensche posted on 11/26/2018 at 8:00 AM
Six generations ago my family moved from Berenbusch, Germany to a small farm near the town of Jubilee, Iowa, not far from the childhood home of Norman Borlaug. The legacy of my family over the last 150 years has inspired me to pursue a life in agriculture and to use...

The Most Inspiring Week of 2018

By Marloes Ruiter posted on 11/19/2018 at 8:00 AM
If someone asked you to name the most inspiring moment of 2018, what would it be? The fact that my answer would be the Global Youth Institute in October wouldn’t surprise anyone who has ever participated in this life-changing week. But to mention the most inspiring moment of that week...

Youth are the Future: They Are Also the Present

By Dr. Lawrence Haddad posted on 11/12/2018 at 8:00 AM
During the recent World Food Prize week in Des Moines, I was invited to give talks to three groups of young people: the Borlaug Fellows, the African Youth Institute, and the Global Youth Institute. I was delighted to do so. The first group was the oldest—early career researchers and policymakers,...

World Food Prize Playlist

By Drs. Lawrence Haddad and David Nabarro posted on 11/05/2018 at 8:00 AM
The World Food Prize has concluded another life-changing World Food Prize Week, and is celebrating the accomplishments of hunger fighters with this special edition of the Borlaug Blog. Both of our 2018 Laureates Drs. Lawrence Haddad and David Nabarro have had extensive careers in shaping food policy and reducing malnutrition...

Addressing the Malnutrition Problem in Disadvantaged Communities

By Dr. Gurdev Khush posted on 10/29/2018 at 8:00 AM
During the first three decades of the Green Revolution, Dr. Borlaug and other hunger fighters put great effort into increasing world food production. This was necessary as the famines were staring agricultural scientists and world leaders in the face. Having achieved breakthroughs in increasing food production, it became evident that...
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