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Why Should You Know Who Norman Borlaug Is?

 article about Norman Borlaug
2013-01-28 08:34:17
Almost everyone in this world understands the meaning of the word "Green", it means something related to the environment or nature. Same goes for the Green Revolution which means a significant boost in the production of agricultural products which stemmed from the introduction of high yielding varieties of grains, the use of advanced high quality pesticides and superior management. But did you ever wonder because of whom all this was possible. The name is Norman Borlaug, the father of the Green revolution. It was his baby that's responsible for investors in the "Agricultural" field making enormous profits today, huge chunks of the population have been saved from starvation. He created the World Food Prize which acknowledges any individuals who have improved the human development by enhancing the quantity and quality of the food produced in the world.

Contribution to India
The period between the 1940's and 1970's saw a great change in the world in terms of increased agricultural production. Norman introduced the various high yielding varieties, highly sophisticated agricultural techniques in the Asian countries such as India and Pakistan. The wheat production was doubled in these countries enhancing the food security and decreasing the malnourishment. He was also awarded Noble Prize for the world class role he played in spreading the peace through the food supply. In 1961 his dwarf wheat strains were sent to international locations one of which was New Delhi, India. His visit was arranged to India by the Indian ministry of Agriculture and Rockefeller foundation. During 1960 when India was at war with Pakistan and widespread famine was prevalent in the country, it was his project which was the only solution to this problem.

Wheat Revolution in Mexico
One of the major highlights associated with the name of Norman Borlaug is his contribution to the Mexican agriculture. He along with three other skilled researchers worked on the project for 16 years to boost the wheat production. Wheat was majorly imported by Mexico at that time and Norman introduced various high yielding varieties of wheat. Initially he faced hostility from the native farmers of the Mexico who were wary of his abilities. He devoted his 10 years in making over 6,000 crossing of the wheat which were rust and disease resistant. He also took advantage of the two growing seasons of the country and grew a greater number of crops as compared to one breeding season. He also used the difference in altitude and temperature of the two regions.

African Contribution
In 1984 he undertook his project in African countries and founded the Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) which has now trained over 8 million African farmers in 20 countries. These farmers have been able to double and even triple the food production.

And that's why you should know who Norman is. Or was.

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