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Borlaug Fellows Gather in Des Moines for World Food Prize

Last month, hundreds of people from around the world gathered in Des Moines, Iowa, to honor this year’s World Food Prize Laureate, Dr. Daniel Hillel, for his pioneering scientific work in micro-irrigation. His drip technology revolutionized the way farmers watered crops and increased food production in the arid regions of the Middle East and other parts of the world for the past five decades.

Dr. Hillel’s recognition inspired many in attendance including Dr. Rajashekhara Rao Korada, a senior scientist from India currently in the United States for the Foreign Agricultural Service’s (FAS) Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program, a program named in honor of the “Father of the Green Revolution.” During his 12-week fellowship at Louisiana State University, he’s studying pest management strategies for sweet potato crops.

Dr. Daniel Hillel (left), winner of the 2012 World Food Prize for his pioneering work in micro-irrigation, greets Dr. Rajashekhara Rao Korada, a Borlaug Fellow from India, after the World Food Prize ceremony last month. Dr. Korada was one of 38 Borlaug Fellows from 18 countries who attended the annual Borlaug International Symposium and World Food Prize event Oct. 17-19. Since 2006, the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has invited fellows to the event to meet current and former World Food Prize Laureates and to learn about critical agricultural issues facing our world today. (Courtesy Photo)

Dr. Daniel Hillel (left), winner of the 2012 World Food Prize for his pioneering work in micro-irrigation, greets Dr. Rajashekhara Rao Korada, a Borlaug Fellow from India, after the World Food Prize ceremony last month. Dr. Korada was one of 38 Borlaug Fellows from 18 countries who attended the annual Borlaug International Symposium and World Food Prize event Oct. 17-19. Since 2006, the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has invited fellows to the event to meet current and former World Food Prize Laureates and to learn about critical agricultural issues facing our world today. (Courtesy Photo)

Dr. Koranda hopes his studies enable him to one day contribute to world food security on as great a level as Dr. Hillel has. I have a mission, though in an immature stage, to feed the hungry and the poorest of the poor. This mission has been further inspired by Dr. Hillel,” he said after meeting Dr. Hillel during the ceremony.

Dr. Korada was one of 38 Borlaug Fellows from 18 countries who attended the annual Borlaug International Symposium and World Food Prize ceremony Oct. 17-19. FAS has invited the fellows to the event since 2006 to meet current and former World Food Prize Laureates and to learn about critical agricultural issues facing our world today.

On Oct. 17, Dr. Hillel gave the keynote address at an FAS side event that stressed a holistic approach to agriculture that takes into account various scientific disciplines and policies to increase agricultural productivity. FAS Deputy Administrator Patricia Sheikh chaired the panel of speakers for the FAS event, which included Dr. Elizabeth Obeng, a Borlaug Fellow from Ghana studying agro-forestry and climate change at the University of Missouri – Columbia. Dr. Obeng presented on behalf of the fellows their innovative strategies for engaging youth in agriculture.

The fellows also met Norman Borlaug’s granddaughter, Julie Borlaug, who told heartfelt stories about her grandfather during a luncheon that inspired the fellows to carry the torch for innovation in agriculture. Borlaug Fellows also met with other members of the Borlaug Family, past World Food Prize Laureates and other high-level agricultural researchers and policy-makers who attended.

Julie Borlaug, granddaughter of Norman E. Borlaug, tells heartfelt stories about her grandfather to inspire Borlaug fellows to carry his torch for innovation in agriculture during an FAS-sponsored luncheon at the annual Borlaug International Symposium and World Food Prize event. Since 2006, FAS has invited fellows to the event to meet current and former World Food Prize Laureates and to learn about critical agricultural issues facing our world today. (Courtesy Photo)

Julie Borlaug, granddaughter of Norman E. Borlaug, tells heartfelt stories about her grandfather to inspire Borlaug fellows to carry his torch for innovation in agriculture during an FAS-sponsored luncheon at the annual Borlaug International Symposium and World Food Prize event. Since 2006, FAS has invited fellows to the event to meet current and former World Food Prize Laureates and to learn about critical agricultural issues facing our world today. (Courtesy Photo)

3 Responses to “Borlaug Fellows Gather in Des Moines for World Food Prize”

  1. Dr. Pattan Dial says:

    Even though Borlaug and fellows emphasize food production perhaps there is a growing & greater need to focus on product storage and utilization efficiencies (the latter being closely related to more beans /fibers in our diet).

  2. Prof.A. Narayanan says:

    I am extremely proud to see a student of Agricultural College Bapatla is a Borlaug Fellow … I wish him all the best and come out with breakthrough research for the benefit of farmers of the world…with best wishes…

  3. Dr.S.Edison says:

    I am certainly impressed by the research gains made by dr Korada. I have been watching his progress since a decade and ‘m convinced that he would do a wonderful contribution to manage the pest-complex in sweet potato.

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