CUIDAD OBREGON, MEXICO (Mar. 28, 2014) – Norman Borlaug, the father of the Green Revolution, is widely credited with advancing agriculture to save 1 billion lives. While celebrating Borlaug’s legacy this week, Monsanto Chief Technology Officer and 2013 World Food Prize Laureate Robb Fraley outlined the need for continued innovation to feed a population that is expected to grow by more than 2 billion people by 2050.
Howard Buffett Receives Norman E. Borlaug Award from CIMMYT at Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security
Ciudad Obregón, Mexico, March 27, 2014 – Howard G. Buffett, Chairman and CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation was awarded the Norman E. Borlaug Award by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) for “extraordinary philanthropic support of biodiversity and conservation agriculture.”
International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center carries forward Borlaug’s legacy at the forefront of agricultural research
Ciudad Obregón, Mexico (March 27, 2014) – The World Food Prize Foundation awarded its Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Medallion to the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) today.
The award, given for only the fifth time in history, was presented during a ceremony on Thursday evening at the Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security in Ciudad Obregón, Mexico. Leaders from around the globe have gathered for a full week of events focused on the future of wheat for food security in honor of Dr. Borlaug, the great agricultural scientist. Events have been occurring around the world this week in honor of the 100th anniversary of Borlaug’s birth; on Tuesday, The World Food Prize, which Borlaug founded, was part of a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., where the State of Iowa unveiled a statue of Dr. Borlaug in Statuary Hall.
- As part of the celebration of the 100o birthday of the father of the Green Revolution, Norman E. Borlaug, SAGARPA's Secretary Enrique Martínez y Martinez said that the greatest increase in food production will have to come from developing countries, where challenges are focused in small-scale farms.
- Secretary Martínez y Martínez highlighted that farmers from northwest Mexico are an example at the national level for their outputs through many years, with the support of applied research, that has allowed to put science at the service of farmers.
- Thomas Lumpkin, Director General of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), said that, in line with Borlaug’s legacy, there is a renewed partnership between the Government of Mexico and CIMMYT that is driving the MasAgro initiative and other components that are guided by the principle of global food security.
One of 23 course participants from wheat-producing countries throughout the developing world, Makweti was profoundly impressed by what he learned from the coordinated classroom lectures and field practicums. “My attitude towards work has really changed and even my fellow breeders dealing with other crops have noticed that,” he said, in an unsolicited message of gratitude from his home base in Lusaka. “I now speak with confidence on wheat issues. I’ll never forget (how this training) made a difference in my career.”