The inaugural Borlaug Legacy Series will take place Sept. 14 in the Forum area of the Rudder Theater Complex on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station.
“It was approximately one year ago that the world lost Dr. Norman Borlaug, a member of the Texas A&M family, as well as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and father of the Green Revolution,” said Dr. Ed Price, director of Texas A&M AgriLife's Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture.
“Dr. Borlaug was tireless in his efforts to utilize science and education to combat global hunger and poverty. This series is not only a tribute to him, but also a forum for discussion about world hunger and a platform for helping carry on his humanitarian legacy.”
Legacy series presentations are free and the public is invited, Price added.
This first portion of the series will be a presentation by "Enough" co-author Roger Thurow from 9 to 11 a.m. It will be hosted by the Borlaug Institute and Texas A&M University Office of the Vice President for Global Initiatives. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session and book signing.
Enough details the struggle to promote agricultural development, particularly in under-developed countries, and discusses food security challenges facing the developing world.
"Dr. Borlaug has been an inspiration to so very many people,” said Thurow, "scientists, humanitarians, educators, politicians - and writers, too. Our purpose is to raise the clamor and make ending hunger through agriculture development the great populist cause of this decade."
From 11a.m. until noon, Ambassador Eric Bost, the university’s vice president for global initiatives, will lead the Ambassadorial Panel on Global Food Security. The panel will discuss how U.S. foreign policy has addressed the issue of global food security. Joining Bost on the panel will be a number of other former ambassadors with a Texas A&M affiliation, along with the current U.S. ambassador to Ghana, Donald Teitelbaum.
The Campus Roundtable on Response to Global Hunger and Poverty from 3 to 5 p.m. will complete the day’s legacy series activities. The roundtable will consist of discussions among student leaders, faculty, administrators and other members of the community about the role Texas A&M and residents of Bryan and College Station can play in alleviating hunger. Bost will moderate this session.
Price noted that the current global food situation shows that Borlaug's “feed the world” mission is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago, during the height of the original Green Revolution.
“The last few years and even the past few months have proved that much still needs to be done to increase agricultural production and availability of food in many places around the world,” he said. “We hope this series will help continue to remind people of the need for constant vigilance and engagement to ensure there is adequate food worldwide as we honor the life and work of Dr. Borlaug.”