The Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security honours the 100th anniversary of the birth and the legacy of Dr. Norman Borlaug, a legendary CIMMYT scientist who developed high-yielding, semi-dwarf wheat, which is credited with saving over 1 billion people from starvation. Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 in recognition of his contributions to world peace through an increased food supply.
Professor Sir Gordon Conway was one of a number of experts speaking at the Borlaug Summit, which focussed on wheat’s critical role in global food security. Other speakers include the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto; Howard Buffett, Chairman & CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation; Dr. Ronnie Coffman, Vice-Chair of the BGRI and Director of International Programs, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University; Dr. Per Pinstrup-Andersen, 2001 World Food Prize Laureate; Dr. Steve Jennings, Head of Programme Policy at Oxfam; Dr. Hélène Lucas, International Scientific Coordinator of the Wheat Initiative; and Dr. Robert T. Fraley, Executive Vice President/Chief Technology Officer at Monsanto and 2013 World Food Prize Laureate.
Gordon Conway delivered the keynote address ‘The Green Revolution – Lessons for the Future’ and chaired a dialogue with Howard Buffett ‘Why the Next Revolution Must Be Brown, Not Green’ at the Borlaug 100 Summit on Wheat for Food Security in Mexico.