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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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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...

Putting Youth At The Heart Of Aquatic Food System Transformations

By Indika Arulingam posted on 07/06/2021 at 8:00 AM
Young people today step into the world at a critical crossroads for our food systems. At present, the production, processing, distribution, consumption and disposal of our food does not work for people or our planet. Three billion people cannot afford a healthy diet, causing one in three to suffer from malnutrition....

Accelerating Aquatic Food Systems Transformation From Inside The Kitchen

By Paul Newnham, Chef Sammy Monsour, Chef Megha Kohli posted on 06/29/2021 at 8:00 AM
Paul Newnham Currently, we are sadly off track to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an ambitious set of targets to tackle 17 of the world’s greatest issues. The health of both people and planet is of major concern and intersects with all 17 UN SDGs. Actors and advocates...

Diving in on aquatic foods: IFAD investments create rural opportunities in the blue economy

By Richard Abila posted on 06/22/2021 at 8:00 AM
In March 2020, as the world was just waking up to the reality of a global pandemic, I was on the island of Zanzibar, Tanzania, working with a team of experts on a new IFAD funded project focused on seaweed farming. Seaweed farming is one of the most important sources of...
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