The Ecological Society of America (ESA) awarded Ivan Ortiz-Monasterio, CIMMYT agronomist and wheat harvest coordinator, along with Pamela Matson, Walter Falcon, Ashley Dean, Rosamond Naylor, David Lobell, John Harrison, Toby Ahrens, Mike Beman, Lee Addams, Gerrit Schoups, Jose Luis Minjares, Ellen McCullough, David Battisti, and Peter Jewett, the 2013 Sustainability Science Award for their book Seeds of Sustainability: Lessons from the Birthplace of the Green Revolution (2011, Island Press). “This award is given because your book tackles a central challenge of sustainable development: agricultural modernization,” stated Scott Collins, ESA president, in an award letter addressed to Ortiz-Monasterio.
Seeds of Sustainability is the product of 15 years of research, analysis, and evaluation in the Yaqui Valley, one of Mexico’s main bread baskets, the birthplace of the Green Revolution, and the home of CIMMYT’s primary field station, Campo Experimental Norman E. Borlaug (CENEB). The book forms an invaluable resource for researchers, policymakers, and students, as it examines new approaches in agriculture that make sense for people and the environment.
“This was possible only thanks to the multidisciplinary approach of our work,” said Ortiz-Monasterio in reaction to the award.
Congratulations to Ivan and his colleagues!