By Olamide Tejuoso
Individuals are being invited by the World Food Prize to submit nominations for the Norman Borlaugh Field Research and Application Award, 2023. Norman Borlaugh Field Award is a $10,000 award, which recognises exceptional, science-based achievement in international agriculture and food production by an individual, under the age of 40. Awardees are expected to emulate the same intellectual courage, stamina and determination in the fight to eliminate global hunger and poverty, as demonstrated by Dr. Norman Borlaug, as a young scientist, working in Mexico in the 1940s and 1950s.
Dr. Norman Ernest Borlaug, also known as the Father of Green Revolution, was an American agronomist, who led initiatives worldwide that contributed to the extensive increases in agricultural production termed the Green Revolution. Borlaug was awarded multiple honours for his work, including the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. The Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation, is presented every October in Des Moines, Iowa, by the World Food Prize Foundation.
The individuals chosen to be recipients of the Borlaug Field award are selected by an anonymous international jury, chaired by Dr. W. Ronnie Coffman of Cornell University. Dr. Coffman, who was Dr. Borlaug’s only doctorate student, serves as a member of the World Food Prize Council of Advisors. Visit link to learn more about the procedure: https://www.worldfoodprize.org/en/nominations/norman_borlaug_field_award/the_borlaug_field_award_nomination_procedure/. Deadline is June 15, 2023.