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Borlaug Sculpture Celebrates Contributions to Agriculture, Farmers, Food Security

April 7, 2015



Norman Borlaug sculpture in the foyer of CIMMYT headquarters near Mexico City by Katharine McDevitt before its official unveiling. CIMMYT/Julie Mollins

EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) – The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) will unveil a bronze statue of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Norman Borlaug on Thursday, April 9, 2015.

Borlaug, who died in 2009 at age 95, led efforts to develop high-yielding, disease-resistant, semi-dwarf wheat varieties in the mid-20th century, which are estimated to have helped save more than 1 billion lives in Pakistan, India and other parts of the developing world. He became known as the Father of the Green Revolution.

The statue, created by artist Katharine McDevitt, will be unveiled by Borlaug’s daughter Jeanie Laube-Borlaug (whose daughter Julie Borlaug will also be at the event), CIMMYT Director General Thomas Lumpkin, Chair of CIMMYT’s Board of Trustees John Snape, and Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture Enrique Martinez y Martinez.

Additionally, ambassadors to Mexico, diplomats and representatives from the private sector will be in attendance.

Speakers will include:

  • Norman Borlaug’s daughter Jeanie Laube Borlaug
  • Enrique Martinez y Martinez, Mexico’s secretary of agriculture
  • Sanjaya Rajaram, 2014 World Food Prize laureate and former head of CIMMYT’s wheat breeding program
  • Bram Govaerts, winner of the 2014 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application and leader of the Sustainable Modernization of Traditional Agriculture (MasAgro) program, a partnership led by CIMMYT and Mexico’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA)


Miriam Shindler
Communications Specialist to the Director General


Julie Mollins
Wheat Communications Officer
Global Wheat Program


The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), headquartered in El Batan, Mexico, is the global leader in research for development in wheat and maize and wheat- and maize-based farming systems. CIMMYT works throughout the developing world with hundreds of partners to sustainably increase the productivity of maize and wheat systems to improve food security and livelihoods.

CIMMYT is a member of the 15-member CGIAR Consortium and leads the Consortium Research Programs on Wheat and Maize. CIMMYT receives support from national governments, foundations, development banks and other public and private agencies.

CGIAR: http://www.cgiar.org


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