Borlaug Institute makes ‘Good Food Org Guide’

The Borlaug Institute at Texas A&M University

The Borlaug Institute at Texas A&M University

COLLEGE STATION  – The Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture has been named in the James Beard Foundation and Food Tank’s annual Good Org Food Guide, which showcases U.S. nonprofit organizations working in: food and agriculture, nutrition and health, hunger and obesity, and food justice.

“We are thrilled to have been named among this esteemed collection of organizations,” said Dr. Elsa Murano, Director of the Borlaug Institute. “It’s an honor to be recognized in our effort to build on the legacy of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug and his fight for food security in the developing world.”

Only nonprofit, scholarly, and municipal initiatives have been selected in order to spotlight efforts that are focused on community building and engagement, advocacy, and service, according to Food Tank, a think tank for food.

The Good Org Food Guide, released Oct. 26, can be found here.

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Seminar: Value Chains: A Tool for Sustainable Development



Tuesday Oct. 28, 2014 | 12 p.m. to 1 p.m | Texas A&M University, West Campus | Agriculture & Life Sciences Building (AGLS) Room 129


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Dividends go well beyond economic benefit when small-holder farmers participate in agricultural value chains.

The Borlaug Institute welcomes a panel of development experts on product chains in Africa and Central America to explore how farmers, families, and communities participate in value chains to gain social, health, skill, improved natural resource, and many other benefits.

The final installment of the Institute’s fall 2014 Seminar Series presents: Jean Claude Kayisinga, the Borlaug Institute’s project chief of party in Rwanda; Nina Henning of SC Johnson: A Family Company and Roberta Lauretti-Bernhard, executive director of Earth’s Choice Women of Coffee Microfinance.

Seminar Video: Climate Change & Food Security




Thursday Oct. 16, 2014 | 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. | Texas A&M University | West Campus, Agriculture & Life Sciences Building | Room 129

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.

The lecture is the latest installment inthe 2014 Borlaug Institute Seminar Series.

McCarl, a 2007 Nobel Prize Laureate of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics.

Mohtar is Professor of Environmental and Natural Resources and is Founding Director of the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute.

Dr. Elsa Murano named Borlaug Institute’s Permanent Director

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The Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture congratulates Dr. Elsa Murano, professor and President Emerita of Texas A&M University, on being named the Institute’s permanent director.

The Oct. 8 appointment closes Murano’s position as the Institute’s interim director, which began June 2012.

“It is a great honor to be named director of an organization whose mission is to help improve the lives of poor farmers and their families around the world,” she said. “I’m humbled and very grateful to be doing my part in furthering the legacy of such a great man and dedicated scientist as Dr. Norman Borlaug.”

The Borlaug Institute, an entity of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, designs and implements science-based development projects and training programs that fight hunger and poverty specifically among small holder agricultural communities of the developing world.

Murano has managed a project portfolio of $55 million during her time with the Institute; current projects span the developing regions of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

“We are excited to have Dr. Murano continue to lead our international programs at the Borlaug Institute. She brings a wealth of experience and leadership skills to this position that will help our college and agencies fulfill their missions”, said Dr. Bill Dugas, Acting Vice Chancellor and Dean.  “The agency directors and I could not be happier to have Dr. Murano in this role.”

A professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at Texas A&M University, Murano also served as the United States Department of Agriculture’s Undersecretary for Food Safety from 2001-2004.  She guided the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Agriculture agencies from 2005-2007 and served as president of Texas A&M University from 2008-2009.


Borlaug Institute Celebrates World Food Day

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In observance of World Food Day, the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture recognizes the contributions of those who have and are now contributing to the fight against global hunger and poverty. Please review the following links to learn more about World Food Day and about what you can do to get involved.

Click here for World Food Day’s Official Website and read below about the continuing need for boosting scientific capacity in the fight for food security.

World Food Day’s Scientific Call to Action

October 2012 | Catherine Woteki,Chief Scientist and Undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics | USDA | USDA Blog via Feed the Future

On October 16, World Food Day, it is hard to not be struck by how lucky we are in the United States. We have abundant food that costs us less to produce, on a per unit basis, than almost any other country in the world. Our farmers and ranchers produce more than we need, allowing us to be a powerhouse in global exports. And our food supply is among the safest of all the world’s nations.

All that abundance and security has been underpinned by science and know-how. Between the 1940s and the 1970s, agriculture science blossomed in what has become known as the Green Revolution. Thanks to the research done by Norman Borlaug, the “Father of the Green Revolution,” working with researchers around the world, developed high-yielding varieties and modern production practices that helped save…

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Seminar: U.S. Future Engagement in Agricultural Development

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U.S. Future Engagement in Agricultural Development | Tuesday, Oct. 7 2014 | 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. | Texas A&M University | Kleberg Center (KLCT) Room 123

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Dr. Brady Deaton, Chairman of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development, will join 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 fight hunger and poverty across the developing world.

Deaton and Bertram have each worked at the forefront
of agricultural development and continue to employ
decades of expertise in the fight for food security.


Seminar Video: Elanco President Jeff Simmons

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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, 2014 at 4 p.m. as we welcome Simmons and Elanco to the AgriLife Center, 600 John Kimbrough Ave.

The free seminar will cover how the Earth can have ENOUGH to meet demand, maintain middle class growth and keep from disrupting global and environmental stability for decades to come.

Seminar: The Modern Peace Corps and Agricultural Development

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Anyone interested in using their expertise to help people in need across the globe is encouraged to attend “The Modern Peace Corps and Agricultural Development,” this Friday, Sept 19 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Peace Corps recruiter Curt Baker will join a panel of current and former Corps volunteers to review steps for getting involved and the myriad ways that their work with the organization has shaped their lives and careers.

This first installment of The Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture’s fall 2014 Seminar Series will take place at Texas A&M University, West Campus, Wehner Building (WCBA) Room 111.

Visit and click “Seminar Series 2014” for schedules and information.

About Peace Corps: Peace Corps is an international service organization that sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change that continues after their service.


Latinos in Agriculture Leaders Conference 2014

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feature imageLatino college students interested agricultural careers are invited to attend the fourth annual Latino’s in Agriculture Leaders Conference Oct. 17-19, 2014 in Grapevine, Texas.

Click here for the conference’s official website.

The conference’s objective is to provide a forum where industry, government and education
converges to discuss building a Latino agricultural workforce for the future.

The Conference provides a venue for sharing information and ideas for the best and most promising practices in outreach to Hispanics for

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Secretary of State stresses Borlaug influence at Africa Leaders Summit

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john kerry borlaugAugust 4, 2014 WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in remarks he made Monday as part of a working session on resilience and food security in a changing climate, discussed the work of Dr. Norman Borlaug as it relates to fighting hunger and poverty today.

The session was part of the Africa Leaders Summit.

Kerry pointed out that in 2014, the centennial birth year of the late Father of the Green Revolution, “the statistics around hunger today are nowhere near what (Borlaug) hoped for.”

Kerry stressed the number of hungry people on Earth, connecting growing hunger trends to changes in climate and pollution. He stressed the need for action and discussed some of the initiatives taking place now to fight hunger and poverty across the globe.

Read the full transcript of Secretary Kerry’s remarks here.