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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, 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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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...

Importance of Protecting the World's Agricultural Genetic Diversity

By Chase Krug posted on 12/09/2019 at 8:00 AM
Dr. Norman Borlaug is perhaps the greatest plant breeder of the 20th century. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his role in the Green Revolution that resulted in saving over one billion lives. He accomplished this amazing feat by breeding high-yielding semi-dwarf wheat varieties that directed...

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...
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