Sunday, September 13, 2009

RIP Norman Borlaug

Borlaug’s groundbreaking work began in 1944, when he was put in charge of a joint project between the Mexican government and the Rockefeller Foundation to try to boost grain production in Mexico.

Within two decades, he had developed a high-yielding, disease-resistant variety of wheat.

He then worked to put such cereal strains into mass production across South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, at the same time as pressing governments to introduce farmer-friendly economic policies.

Many experts believe that his efforts averted a widely predicted global famine in the second half of the 20th century and saved up to a billion lives.