In the Numbers: Scientists of Tanzania Simulate Agricultural Tech
As part of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small-Scale Irrigation, Tanzanian scientists converge for training on the use numerical computer simulations that predict the effects of implementing new agricultural practices and technologies.
The Rwanda Pyrethrum Program
A brief overview of an overarching effort to build the pyrethrum industry of Rwanda.
RPP CLosing Ceremony Vid
Video describing successes of the Rwanda Pyrethrum Program
WCR Borlaug Institute Coffee Rust GDA
A brief overview of the USAID funded Global Development Alliance to fight coffee rust disease in the coffee-growing regions of Central America.
Borlaug Legacy Video
A video commemorating the work of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug in honor of his centennial year-2014.
Tropical Plant Curriculum Project - 4 objectives
The above video describes the four objectives of the USAID-funded Tropical Plant Curriculum project in Indonesia. The project paired the Texas A&M Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture with three universities in Indonesia to build curriculum around new uses for underutilized tropica...
The Borlaug Institute: On a Mission
A short and general spot on the mission and vision of the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M University.
Borlaug Centennial Video
Dr. Norman Borlaug, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Father of the Green Revolution, spent his life inspiring those around him to join his fight against world hunger and poverty. In this video, recorded March 2014, those who worked closely with the man who saved a billion lives recount some of the a...
Introduction : Borlaug Institute
Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture - Introduction
Rwanda : Borlaug Institute
Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture - Rwanda
About ILSSI: Sustainable Irrigation for Africa
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small-Scale Irrigation is a research project of the U.S. Government to discover and test sustainable practices and technologies for irrigation of smallholder farms across water-scarce Africa.
Seminar: The Future of Worldwide Sustainable Livestock
Tuesday | March 3, 2015, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. | Texas A&M University | Agriculture and Life Sciences Building (AGLS), Room 129 | West Campus Dr. Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) will highlight the changes and challenges of transforming a globally i...
Building Resilience in Post-Conflict Farming Communities of South Sudan
The Borlaug Institute welcomes international development expert Michael Godfrey of Abt Associates. Godfrey will review trends in modernizing South Sudan’s farming systems through five years of work on the USAID-funded Food, Agribusiness and Rural Markets project. The project strengthens farming ...
Seminar: TAMU, CIAT and agricultural research for development
Ruben Echeverria, Director General of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, will explore opportunities for collaboration in agriculture research between CIAT and TAMU. The seminar comes as TAMU and CIAT each seek augment their global research and development agendas. The Feb. 6 event i...
Climate Change & Food Security
The Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture welcomes Dr. Bruce McCarl and Dr. Rabi Mohtar, professors of Texas A&M University, to disuss how the world’s changing climate affects global food supplies and the measures that must be taken to ensure food security for future generations. ...
U.S. Future Engagement in Agricultural Development
Dr. Brady Deaton, Chairman of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development, joins Dr. Rob Bertram, Cheif Scientist of the United States Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Food Security, in a review of how the United States aims to employ agricultural science to figh...
Seminar: Jeff Simmons | President | Elanco
Jeff Simmons, president of Elanco, will review three solutions to solving the problem of world hunger in his Monday afternoon seminar “ENOUGH: The Fight for a Food-secure tomorrow.” Join the Borlaug Institute and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University September 29,...
The Modern Peace Corps and Agricultural Development
Peace Corps recruiter Curt Baker will join a panel of current and former Corps volunteers to discuss the organization’s role in agricultural development across the globe. The panel will review steps for getting involved and the myriad ways that Peace Corps has shaped their lives and careers. The ...
Borlaug Institute Welcomes 2Seeds Network
The Borlaug Institute welcomes Amy Baker, executive director of the 2Seeds Network -- a non-profit that recruits new graduates for development work in Africa. Baker, in the latest installment of the Borlaug Institute 2014 Seminar Series, will discuss human capital development in agricultural and ec...
Discovering International Development
The Student Initiative for International Development (SIID) is an organization whose mission is to educate undergratuade student on involvement in international development work. SIID will present insights on first encounters with true poverty abroad and lessons learned from the experience. The gro...
Beyond Ebola: lessons we should have learned about zoonotic disease threats and their prevention
Friday | Sept. 18, 2015 | 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. | Texas A&M University | Agriculture and Life Sciences Building (AGLS) Room 129 | West Campus Dr. Dennis Carroll currently serves as the Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Global Health Security and Development Unit. In ...
USAID Admin. David Atteberry Talks Development Trends
Friday | April 17, 2015 | 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. | Texas A&M University, Agriculture and Life Sciences Building (AGLS) Room 129, West Campus David Atteberry, Deputy Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will present international development trends and ...
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Career Opportunities
Career Opportunities in International Agriculture: Perspectives from a USAID Project Officer
Thursday, March 5, 2015, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. | Texas A&M University, Horticulture/Forest Sciences Building (HFSB) Room 104, West Campus In the second seminar of a two-day sub-series, John Bowman of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will discuss what it takes to enter a car...
Women in Agriculture
Women in Agriculture

The Borlaug Institute, in observance of International Women's Day, reflects on the work we do with women across the globe and on the future of empowering women of the developing world to be agricultural leaders.

Carrying on the Borlaug Legacy: Christopher Bielecki
Carrying on the Borlaug Legacy: Christopher Bielecki

In the above video, Christopher Bielecki, a Ph.D student of agricultural leadership, education and communication at Texas A&M University, reviews the research he's conducted in Guatemala on hunger and poverty using photography. Bielecki discusses how photos might present a new approach to collecting...

Carrying on the Borlaug Legacy: Benjamin Davies
Carrying on the Borlaug Legacy: Benjamin Davies

Carrying on the Borlaug Legacy: Benjamin Davies In the above video, Benjamin Davies, a master student of Soil & Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University, discusses his ongoing research on soil tilling and amendment in Ghana. Davies' research seeks to find which soil practices and technologies most ef...

Carrying on the Borlaug Legacy: Silvano Assanga
Carrying on the Borlaug Legacy: Silvano Assanga

Silvano Assanga is a Ph.D student of plant breeding at Texas A&M University. His research focuses on wheat breeding and genetics, specifically drought tolerance, rust and a complementary study on wheat streak mosaic virus. Assanga is also a recipient of the prestigious Monsanto Beachell-Borlaug Inte...

Texas A&M Hosts Struggle for Survival Poverty Simulation
Texas A&M Hosts Struggle for Survival Poverty Simulation

Struggle for Survival is a simulation by the Crossroads Foundation that uses hands-on exercises to illustrate how poverty affects people's ability to provide for their families. The simulation on Sept. 18, 2015, was held at Texas A&M University for students interested to understand more about life i...

The Borlaug Digital Archive seeks to provide scholars and the general public with access to the papers of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug in an effort to build on his lifetime of research and inspire the next generation of scholars as they confront the agricultural challenges of the twenty-first century.

Thanks to the generosity of the Borlaug family and with the support of the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Agriculture at Texas A&M University, the Borlaug Digital Archives is now available for research. Currently, the repository contains more than 20,000 scanned records from Dr. Borlaug’s home office and his office at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) near Mexico City. These records span Dr. Borlaug’s career from 1960-1979 and include documents discussing the Nobel Peace Prize and his correspondence concerning population control. In the future, the repository will also include notes, lectures and correspondence from Dr. Borlaug’s office on the campus of Texas A&M University covering the period from 1984-2008. Additional records documenting the early part of Dr. Borlaug’s career will also be included as they become available.

Researchers interested in accessing Dr. Borlaug’s papers are able to browse the folders or conduct key word searches of the records. Finding aids describing the provenance of the collection will also be available to assist researchers with citations.

Visit the archive at

View websites of various Borlaug Institute programs and international agriculture activities of Texas A&M AgriLife.

The Borlaug Institute relies on productive partnerships from across the Texas A&M University System.

    • Variety Testing Information
    • Aggie Horticulture Network
    • Junior Master Gardeners
    • Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center
    • School of Rural Public Health
    • Texas Water Resources Institute
    • The Bush School of Government and Public Service
    • International Programs Office
    • Spatial Sciences Lab
    • Soil Water Assessment Tool
    • Texas A&M University Renewable Energy (AgBioEnergy)

The following organizations and agencies are valued partners in advancement of international agriculture and the global fight against hunger.
Borlaug Global Rust Initiative
Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research
United States Agency for International Development
United States Department of Agriculture – Foreign Agriculture Service
Task Force for Business and Stability Operations
World Food Prize Foundation
Texas Department of Agriculture

USAID Collaborative Research Support Program

Texas A&M Agriculture Involvement

    • Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources
    • Global Livestock
    • International Sorghum and Millet
    • Bean and Cowpea
    • Peanut

borlaug-desk-globe1-300x295March 25, 1914 – Sept. 12, 2009

Distinguished Professor of International Agriculture | Texas A&M University

Nobel Peace Prize | 1970

US Presidential Medal of Freedom | 1977

US Congressional Gold Medal | 2006

United Nations FAO Agricola Medal | 2010

Known as the father of the Green Revolution, Norman Ernest Borlaug was born in 1914 on a farm near Cresco, Iowa. After completing his early education in his hometown, he went on to study forestry and plant pathology at the University of Minnesota, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and completed his doctorate in 1942. After two years as a microbiologist with the DuPont de Nemours Foundation , he took on the challenge of leading the wheat improvement efforts of the Cooperative Mexican Agricultural Program, sponsored by the Mexican government and the Rockefeller Foundation.

In Mexico, Dr. Borlaug’s scientific knowledge found expression in a humanitarian mission: developing improved grain varieties to feed the hungry people of the world. A practical, energetic, hands-on researcher, Dr. Borlaug worked in the fields alongside farm workers, students, and interns, sharing his knowledge as well as the labor of producing food crops. During his twenty years in Mexico, Dr. Borlaug and his colleagues perfected a dwarf wheat variety that could produce large amounts of grain, resist diseases, and resist lodging – the bending and breaking of the stalk that often occurs in high-yielding grains. Under Dr. Borlaug’s guidance, this new wheat was planted with great success, not only in Mexico, but also in India and Pakistan. In subsequent years, the wheat was planted in nations in Central and South America, the Near and Middle East, and Africa.

In 1964, Dr. Borlaug was appointed director of the Wheat Research and Production Program at the then newly established International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) near Mexico City. This position allowed him to expand his teaching mission. He shared his immense knowledge of research and production methods with thousands of young scientists from all over the world, “seeding” agricultural production in their home countries with new ideas and new productivity.

Despite having received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 – and, over the years, multitudinous honors and recognitions from universities, governments, and organizations worldwide – Dr. Borlaug remains a deeply humble and practical man who has been as productive after winning this major honor as he was before.

He came to Texas A&M University in 1984 as Distinguished Professor of International Agriculture and has continued to teach and inspire young scientists at Texas A&M and at CIMMYT. Hailed as having saved more lives than anyone else in the history of mankind, Dr. Borlaug cites as one of his most prized tributes the naming of a street in his honor in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico – the site of some of his earliest research projects.

Dr. Norman Ernest Borlaug died at the age of 95 on September 12, 2009. His legacy lives on in the work being conducted at Texas A&M University, CIMMYT and by farmers around the world who benefited from Dr. Borlaug's dedicationa and personal sacrifice in the pursuit of scientific knowledge. 

Recommended books on the life of Dr. Borlaug and the fight against hunger.

Enough: How the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty. by Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman. PublicAffairs, 2009.

Borlaug: The Mild-Mannered Maverick Who Fed a Billion People by Noel Vietmeyer. Bracing Books, 2008.

The Man Who Fed the World by Leon Hesser. Durban House, 2006.

Pictures of Dr. Borlaug. (external link)

Video of Dr. Borlaug. (external link)

Click here to visit the Borlaug Archives 

Click on the following links to see more articles about Dr. Norman Borlaug:

  • Dr. Norman Borlaug: Stars
  • Dr. Norman Borlaug: India
  • Dr. Norman Borlaug: Education
  • Dr. Norman Borlaug: Big Picture
  • Dr. Norman Borlaug: Come to Aggieland
  • Norman Borlaug 95th Birthday Celebration

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