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Celebrating Norman Borlaug’s Legacy in Ending Hunger

This year, we’re celebrating the 100th birthday of Norman Borlaug, an agricultural scientist who changed the world. By developing new strains of wheat and rice, he sparked the Green Revolution and saved millions of people from starvation.

President Obama’s Feed the Future initiative builds on Borlaug’s vision of and work toward a world without hunger. Today, we’re bringing business and science together to make this vision a reality.

Join us as we celebrate Borlaug’s legacy and inspire future generations to continue this important work. How will you #feedthefuture?


Norman Borlaug Statue Dedication Ceremony

U.S. Senate and House of Representatives leadership will come together on March 25 to dedicate a statue ofNorman Borlaug. Commissioned by the State of Iowa to celebrate Borlaug’s legacy and impact on global hunger, the statue will reside in the National Statuary Hall Collection at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

Participate in the celebration:


Mobilizing the Next Generation of Hunger Fighters

The United Nations has estimated that by 2050 there will be nine billion people on this planet and, as a result, there will be an increase in both competition and need for natural resources and space. Taking that into consideration, how do we begin preparing to feed nine billion people in 2050? How do we prioritize global food security around the world? How do we encourage more people, especially youth, to become hunger fighters?

On March 25, join us as we commemorate Norman Borlaug’s 100th birthday by calling on the next generation to continue the momentum toward improving global food security. We have the tools and know-how today to end hunger in our lifetime. How will you be a part of it?

This event will feature two panels: one will speak about current efforts by the U.S. Government and other organizations to end hunger. The second panel will discuss what students are doing and can do in the future.

  • Where: U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • When: March 25, 2:30 -5 p.m. EDT
  • Livestream: https://usda.gov/live  

Participate online by following @USDA and @FeedtheFuture during the event for live tweets. Submit questions for panelists using the hashtag #Borlaug100.

Watch this video for a special message from USAID Administrator Shah.


There are lots more opportunities to get involved in the celebrations this week. Check out the WorldFood Prize’s interactive campaign to share what you’re doing about global hunger and how Borlaug has inspired you.

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is hosting the week-long Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security. Follow @CIMMYT and #Borlaug100 on Twitter for more and check out the CIMMYT blog for updates.

Tuesday is also National Agriculture Day. Follow online via the hashtag #AgDay. Check out this blog post and video on how U.S. farmers are helping their counterparts around the world through a USAID program. 

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