Recently, I’ve been accepted into Texas A&M University (yay!) and one of the great things about that school is that The Borlaug Institute is housed there. Most people that are familiar with agriculture have probably heard of a man named Dr. Norman E Borlaug (1914-2009).
Dr. Borlaug has earned the title “The father of the Green Revolution.” His passion was in agronomy and humanitarianism, which earned him many awards including a Noble Peace Prize. Dr. Borlaug worked with creating new varieties of wheat, making them higher-yielding. This seems like a simple feat, but the long-term results have been more food security and food supply for countries such as Mexico, India and Pakistan. While Dr. Borlaug didn’t do this alone and isn’t the only one to credit for such improvements, he is highly regarded in the field and had a major impact.
The Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M University is building off of Dr. Borlaug’s legacy and work. Their goal is to help students, faculty and others to work and make an impact in international agriculture. They work to implement programs around the world to help improve food systems and security, offer training programs to professionals and serve as a resource to everyone.
The Borlaug Institute offers many programs around the world, from the Peace Corp program to programs for high school students. By working with the institute, you will gain knowledge and probably travel experiences that will help to educate you and help others.
The work that the institute does is great and something that I hope to be a part of in the fall when I start school 🙂
The institute also is a great place to stay up-to-date on news in international agriculture through their Twitter (@BorlaugTAMU) and through their blog (Dispatches from the Globe). I highly recommend that you start to follow either (or both) of those resources.
Learn more here.