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Dr. Norman E. Borlaug – A Legacy Worth Celebrating
This is the second in a series of blog posts leading up to this year’s 25th Anniversary of The World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa where GHI will release the 2nd Annual Global Agricultural Productivity Report™ at its signature event on October 12. (RSVP Here)
Dr. Norman E. Borlaug was the son of immigrants who left Norway due to extreme food shortages. In December 1970, he would return to Norway to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in increasing global agricultural production.
Dr. Borlaug was born in 1914 and raised on a small family farm in Iowa. He went on to study at the University of Minnesota during the Great Depression and in 1944, he joined the Rockefeller Foundation’s research project in Mexico. By 1956, Borlaug’s dedication to scientific research and belief in the importance of connecting to farmers led to an agricultural miracle: his new wheat varieties led Mexico to self-sufficiency in wheat production, and by the 1960s, Mexico was exporting wheat.
A few years later, he persuaded the leaders of India and Pakistan to adopt the technology. Both countries saw dramatic increases in food production, which resulted in millions of saved lives. These breakthroughs were the beginning of what would later become known as the “Green Revolution”.
Of his many accomplishments, Borlaug also created The World Food Prize in 1986 to acknowledge individuals who have made significant contributions to improving the quality, quantity or availability of food throughout the world. As this year marks the 25th anniversary of The World Food Prize, it is fitting that Borlaug’s legacy would be honored with the new Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates.
For a full biography of Dr. Borlaug, click here.
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