Mosaic Celebrates Borlaug Centennial at the World Food Prize
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Mosaic Celebrates Borlaug Centennial at the World Food Prize

October 16, 2014   |   ShareThis

Sample Pic 1,300 attendees from 65 countries gathered in Des Moines, Iowa to honor 2014 World Food Prize Laureate Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram and the power of intensification, innovation and inspiration in feeding a growing world.

This year, The Mosaic Company celebrated World Food Day and the 100th anniversary of Dr. Norman Borlaug’s birth by participating in the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium at the 2014 World Food Prize.

Borlaug, who won the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in developing disease-resistant wheat varieties and igniting the Green Revolution, founded the World Food Prize as a way to honor agricultural scientists working to end hunger and improve the world’s food supply. Since 1986, the $250,000 annual prize has been awarded to laureates from 14 countries, recognizing their achievements in a variety of areas, including soil and land; plant and animal science; food science and technology; natural resource conservation and more.

The 2014 Borlaug Dialogue international symposium addressed “the greatest challenge in human history,” sustainably feeding 9 billion people by 2050. Each session emphasized the powers of intensification, innovation and inspiration to uplift smallholder farmers and meet the increasing demand for nutritious food.

Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas, Executive Director of The Mosaic Company Foundation, participated in a panel discussion at the symposium, “Soil Health and the Fertilizer Gap”—the first time fertilizer has appeared on the event’s agenda. Dr. Pedro Sanchez of Columbia University moderated the discussion, which also included panelists Esin Mete, President of the International Fertilizer Industry Association; Dr. Ruth Oniang’o of Sasakawa Africa Association; Dr. Xinping Chen of China Agriculture University; and Dr. Amit Roy of the International Fertilizer Development Center.

The “Soil Health and the Fertilizer Gap” panel touched on a variety of topics, including:

  • the fertilizer industry’s commitment to innovation and nutrient stewardship,
  • the role of precision agriculture in optimizing fertilizer resources,
  • access to fertilizer in developing nations, and
  • the connection between soil health and human health.