Borlaug Dialogue 2015

  • 19th October 2015
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World Food Prize

11-14 October 2015. Iowa. Each year the World
Food Prize Laureate delivers the Borlaug Lecture at Iowa State University, principally on the subject agricultural science and its potential to advance human progress.

BRAC founder and chairperson Sir Fazle Hasan
Abed received the prestigious World Food Prize in Iowa, US on October 16, 2015. On this occasion, Sir Fazle gave a speech to the Borlaug Dialogue.

Today, I am pleased to say that Bangladesh has achieved self-sufficiency in food production. Though our population has gone up 2.2 times since independence, our food production has gone up 3.1 times. This has happened through widespread irrigation during the dry seasons, the introduction of improved varieties, more effective usage of fertiliser, and other changes to farming practices.

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed holding World Food Prize
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed holding the World Food Prize
with Chairman of The World Food Prize John Ruan III
and former president of the republic of Malawi Joyce Banda.
Photo: World Food Prize

Extracts of the programme /

Zambia’s Agricultural Value Chain 58
Land and Water: The Roots of Productive Agriculture 60
Lots of Water…But Not Everywhere 62
Investing in Productivity 63
Knowledge is Key 65
Social Protection and Productivity 66
Shifting Investment Priorities 67
Expanding Markets for Maize, and More 68
Improving Livelihoods and Nutrition Through Agricultural Value Chains
Conversation: Voices from the Farm

“Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert,” begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And it’s happening to about two-thirds of the world’s grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes — and his work so far shows — that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.”