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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.

Each week on The Borlaug Blog, we will 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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Inspiring the Next Generation through Teaching like Borlaug

By Tricia Reichert posted on 12/02/2019 at 8:00 AM
I doubt Dr. Norman Borlaug ever thought of himself as a teacher or a leader or set out to save more lives than any other human. This humble Iowa farm boy grew up with the Midwestern work ethic and valued education. As a plant breeder pathologist, his doctorate degree could...

The Life-Changing Experience of a Borlaug-Ruan International Intern

By Natasha Napolitano posted on 11/25/2019 at 8:00 AM
It’s been a year since I got back from India. During this time, I’ve learned how to make journal entries for bank loans, test for scoliosis, and--most impressively--use Google Calendar. In one year, I’ve learned a lot, but nothing compares to the amount I learned from my two months in...

A New Era for the World Food Prize

By Barbara Stinson posted on 11/18/2019 at 8:00 AM
More than a decade ago, I saw firsthand the impact of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug’s mission while visiting rural Uganda. Students of a girl’s grade school were beginning to learn modern farming practices that would literally change the lives of their entire family. Some young girls attending this school went...

15 Years with the Global Youth Institute

By Kacia Cain posted on 11/11/2019 at 8:00 AM
I have had the pleasure to bring students to the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute since 2004. This has provided me the unique opportunity to watch the organization grow and become a major player in the world food security arena. I was encouraged to participate in my first World...

Seven Lessons for Future Researchers

By Dr. Lawrence Haddad posted on 11/04/2019 at 8:00 AM
While I was attending the World Food Prize events a few weeks ago, I was asked to speak to the latest group of Borlaug Fellows, young scientists from around the world who come to the US to do research at universities all over the country. As an experienced researcher, I...

The Beginning of My Future

By Hannah Jo posted on 10/28/2019 at 8:00 AM
From a young age, one of my favorite things to do was garden. Granted, most of the actual work was done by my father, but I still called the garden my own. The simple pleasures of playing outdoors drew me outside, but it was the unexplainable miracle of the plants...

Dr. Norman E. Borlaug: A Great Hunger Fighter

By Dr. N Parasuraman Raman posted on 10/21/2019 at 8:00 AM
Dr. Norman Borlaug first met Prof. M. S. Swaminathan when he was very young (age 28) in September of 1953 in Madison, Wisconsin, during the convention of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. There, Prof MSS heard his first scientific presentation on a new approach to control rust disease in...

Sparking the Vegetable Revolution

By Simon Groot posted on 10/14/2019 at 8:00 AM
Being awarded the 2019 World Food Prize is a tremendous honor, and I’m excited to join hundreds of food and development experts, innovators and leaders from around the globe at this year’s Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium. The theme—“Pax Agricultura: Peace Through Agriculture”—could not be more timely, as we confront the...

Take it to All the Farmers

By Hale Ann Tufan posted on 10/07/2019 at 8:00 AM
Here are two words you don’t hear together every day: Semantic Satiation. The term refers to a psychological phenomenon where words lose meaning from overuse. Applied to our daily lives it is the overuse of certain words in our vocabulary: literally, unique, very, basically… the list goes on. Agricultural development...

Approaching Dr. Borlaug’s Dream for High Nutrient Crops Through DNA Sequencing and Gene Editing for “Designer Crops”

By Ren Wang posted on 09/30/2019 at 8:00 AM
Twenty years ago, in a hot yet greening corn field in Longli County, Guizhou Province of China, I was accompanying Dr. Norman Borlaug to visit a farmer’s field of QPM (Quality Protein Maize). I was then Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS). I was involved in...
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