World Food Prize Foundation president joins tribute to Norman Borlaug in Ciudad Obregón, Mexico
|The sculpture "Borlaug" by Hector Martinez Arteche was unveiled March 25|
|World Food Prize Foundation President Kenneth Quinn with Dr. Borlaug's daughter Jeanie Laube Borlaug|
|Ambassador Quinn with 2000 World Food Prize Laureate Evangelina Villegas|
|The Yaqui Valley Experiment Station in Ciudad Obregón as “The Norman E. Borlaug Experiment Station."|
UPDATED April 2, 2010 - - Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation, traveled to Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico, for a tribute to late World Food Prize Founder Dr. Norman E. Borlaug on what would have been Dr. Borlaug’s 96th birthday on March 25.
Held at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), where Dr. Borlaug headed the Global Wheat Program, the ceremony featured the inauguration of a bronze sculpture of Dr. Borlaug, created by Hector Martinez Arteche.
An urn containing Dr. Borlaug's ashes is incorporated into the monument.
"Seeing Norm's ashes placed on Mexican soil was very meaningful given how much Mexico meant to him, and how much he meant to Mexico and the Mexican farmers," said Ambassador Quinn.
As part of the ceremony, the Mexican National Institute of Forestry, Agriculture, and Livestock Research (INIFAP) renamed the Yaqui Valley Experiment Station in Ciudad Obregón as “The Norman E. Borlaug Experiment Station.”
Mexican Minister of Agriculture Francisco Javier Mayorga Castañeda delivered remarks on Dr. Borlaug’s importance to farmers in Mexico and throughout the developing world.
The high-yielding wheat varieties and improved farming practices developed by Borlaug and his team at CIMMYT transformed agriculture in Mexico and later were introduced to India and Pakistan, saving upwards of a billion people from starvation. This earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970, the first and only time the illustrious award has been given for achievements in agriculture. That same year, Mexico honored Borlaug with the highest award for humanitarian work possible for a foreigner, the Order of the Aztec Eagle.
Dr. Borlaug died on September 12, 2009, roughly one month before the presentation of the 2009 World Food Prize, which Dr. Borlaug founded in 1986 to recognize and inspire “Nobel-like” achievements in ensuring adequate food and nutrition for all.
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