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WFP Pays Tribute To Father Of Green Revolution

 Norman Borlaug speaking at the Ministerial Conference and Expo on Agricultural Science and Technology in June 2003

Norman Ernest Borlaug, an American agronomist and humanitarian whose work on high-yield crops ensured millions of people escaped hunger, died on September 12. He was "our great champion in the battle against hunger," said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran.

ROME – Norman E. Borlaug saved more lives than any man in human history, Sheeran said in a statement issued on Sunday.

“His total devotion to ending famine and hunger revolutionized food security for millions of people and for many nations,” Sheeran said. “His heart was as big as his brilliant mind, but it was his passion and compassion that moved the world. We thank him for being our great champion in the battle against hunger.”

Prof Borlaug died on  Saturday at his home in the US state of Texas. He was 95.  

Doubled food production

Borlaug, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for agricultural innovation and the development of high-yield crops, was known as the father of the Green Revolution.

The Green Revolution helped world food production more than double between 1960 and 1990 with Asia, Africa and Latin America in particular benefiting. Without this rapid expansion in food output, many millions would have faced hunger.

The Nobel Institute said Borlaug had helped save hundreds of millions of lives. “More than any other single person of his age...(he) has helped to provide bread for a hungry world," the institute said as he was awarded the peace prize.

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