Thursday, May 10, 2012
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM EDT
In conjunction with the The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) and CropLife Foundation, the World Bank presented Professor Catherine Bertini, the 2011 Borlaug CAST Communication Award recipient, followed by the announcement of the 2012 winner of this prestigious award.
Professor Bertini is a distinguished leader who has communicated the importance of agriculture and science through the many humanitarian programs she has organized that focus on humanitarian relief, nutrition policy, agricultural development, and gender issues.
The Borlaug CAST Communication Award recognizes professionals actively working in the agricultural, environmental, or food sectors who are promoting agricultural science in the public policy arena.
One of the most notable leaders in agriculture, Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, was a prized agronomist for pioneering advanced farm production techniques in developing countries. With a group of researchers, Norman was credited to introducing high-yield wheat varieties. Borlaug's successful work with wheat led to improved food supplies and overall, food security worldwide in the "Green Revolution."
Dr. Borlaug's legacy extends to teaching as well. This webpage is a collaborative space for sharing Dr. Borlaug's work and featuring blogs and insights on lessons learned in the field of agribusiness, agronomy and how they can apply to increasing access and credit to women and reducing poverty as a whole.
In Her Own Words: Jeanie Borlaug-Laube
The Genderinag.org team is currently collaborating with Dr. Borlaug's daughter, Jeanie Borlaug-Laube, who is dedicated to continuing her father's legacy of poverty reduction. Jeanie is collaborating with the site to further highlight the role women play in agriculture and help raise awareness about the importance gender plays in agricultural development.
Norman Borlaug's legacy
Dr. Norman E. Borlaug (1914 - 2009) , the "father of the Green Revolution," was a distinguished agronomist, researcher and Noble Laureate who made significant improvements to food crops production in developing countries. Born in 1914 on a farm near Cresco, Iowa, Norman completed early education in his hometown and then pursued forestry and plant pathology studies at the University of Minnesota, where he earned his doctorate in 1942. Some of his notable work achievements with colleagues include introducing a dwarf wheat variety in Mexico that could produce large amounts of grain, resist diseases, and resist lodging. Given the positive signs, the wheat was further planted in nations in Central and South America, the Near and Middle East, and Africa. Wheat yields increased and food security greatly improved in the nations. He is credited for staving off hunger worldwide with this advanced production technique. For his contributions to the world food supply, Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970. Over the years, he has received multitudinous honors and recognitions from universities, governments, and organizations worldwide. (Video interview, produced by Texas A&M University)
Jeanie Borlaug, daughter of Norman E. Borlaug, has served as Chair of the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative since October 2009. Each year, a number of highly qualified students and researchers working in wheat compete for the Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum Award.
(Presentation Agenda) (Jeanie's Blog).
Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture
The Texas A&M University System continues the Borlaug legacy fighting global hunger and poverty. It is committed to global partnerships to promote food security, resource conservation, and international development. >>Read more.
Borlaug Fellowship Program
The Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program (Borlaug Fellowship Program) helps developing countries strengthen sustainable agricultural practices by providing scientific training and collaborative research opportunities to visiting researchers, policymakers, and university faculty. The Borlaug Fellowship Program has provided over 500 fellowships for agricultural professionals from 64 developing countries worldwide.