Category Archives: #Academic

Borlaug Institute seeks experts of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Extension

A stronger tie to the robust system of expertise across Texas A&M AgriLife is paramount in the Borlaug Institute’s mission to fight global hunger and poverty with agricultural science. The Institute continues to deliver that message in a series of visits to nine strategically located AgriLife Extension and Research centers across the state. “These visits are a measure to engage expertise from across Texas A&M’s expansive system of agriculture scientists,” said Borlaug Institute Interim Director, Dr. Elsa Murano. The visits, which run from June through September, 2014, have… Read More →

Texas A&M Master Student Talks Soil Research in Ghana

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 efficiently establish fertile soil and better crop production for small holder farmers in Ghana.

McWhorter Receives Distinguished Service Award

AIARD Honors Borlaug Institute Associate Director June 3, 2014 | WASHINGTON D.C. — Dr. G. Michael McWhorter was presented this week with the Association for International Agriculture & Rural Development’s Distinguished Service Award. He was honored Monday as part of AIARD’s 50th annual conference in Washington D.C. The Borlaug Institute’s associate director and international training coordinator was awarded specifically for his role in proposing and implementing AIARD’s Future Leaders Forum, which, since its inception in 2005, has fulfilled its mission by funding trips for 121 finishing graduate students… Read More →

Ph.D student talks ag and nutrition research, photos for data collection

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 agricultural production, nutrition and poverty. Bielecki discusses how photos might present a new approach to collecting data compared with traditional survey methods. He reviews his research from the perspective of affecting stronger connections between agricultural production and nutrition.

Ph.D student to represent Texas A&M at Chicago Council Symposium

Silvano Assanga, a Ph.D student of plant breeding at Texas A&M University and recipient of the prestigious Monsanto Beachell-Borlaug International Scholarship, was chosen as a 2014 Next Generation Delegate for The Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ annual Global Food Security Symposium. He represents Texas A&M at the Washington D.C. event May 21-22, 2014. Assanga’s research at Texas A&M focuses on wheat breeding and genetics, specifically drought tolerance, rust and a complementary study on wheat streak mosaic virus. He plans to graduate early 2016. In the video above, he… Read More →

Watch Live April 25 12 p.m.

Presentation Video: The Borlaug Institute invites you on Friday, April 25 to join us as we welcome 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 economic development – building competence and connections in-country for facing challenges when NGOs leave. The lecture will take place April 25 from 12pm-1pm at Texas A&M University, West Campus, Agriculture &… Read More →

The Borlaug Centennial Celebrations

In recognition of the centennial birth year of the late Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and agronomist credited with saving a billion people from starvation through his life’s work, the Borlaug Institute recognizes its namesake by sharing the following set of links and information related to Dr. Borlaug’s enduring legacy. Borlaug Institute Centennial Tribute Video Norman Borlaug: Journey to Statuary Hall | Preview | Iowa PBS Borlaug Centennial Press Links: Forbes The Dallas Morning News Texas A&M Battalion  Roll Call Bring Me the News.com… Read More →

Video: Heifer International CEO discusses opportunities, initiatives

In his seminar lecture, recorded November 14, 2013 at Texas A&M University, Pierre Ferrari, CEO of philanthropic and international development organization Heifer International, reviews Heifer’s initiatives and the collaborations that allow the organization to continue its fight against global hunger and poverty. We join the video as Dr. Linda Cleboski, the Borlaug Institute’s associate director for program implementation, introduces Ferrari by reviewing select aspects of his career in development. College Station, TX TV station KBTX covers Ferrari’s lecture and Heifer International The Borlaug Institute Seminar Series is a… Read More →

Video: Julie Borlaug introduces USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah at 2013 Feeding the Planet Summit

  The linked video is official footage of the 2013 Feeding the Planet Summit at the George Washington University. In the video above, Julie Borlaug, granddaughter of the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug, introduces Dr. Rajiv Shah, administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID.) Shah, the event’s keynote speaker, takes a look at the five most innovative things the US is doing to feed the world at the Feeding the Planet Summit.

Dominican Republic: Nutrition with Kids in the Garden

By TAYLOR WHITTLESEY | The Borlaug Institute We all start laughing. Our hands are covered in dirt but the final product was well worth it. We sat down to survey our creations and smile. The bottle gardens of Cajuil fruit look beautiful. With the feeling of satisfaction still lingering, the kids pick up their bottle gardens to take them home. I smile; we actually did this. My trip to the Dominican Republic began mid May with a small group of students and friends from Texas A&M University to… Read More →