The program targets developing countries and matches participants with experts in their field at land-grant universities and 1890's colleges, government agencies, international research centers and other nonprofit institutions and private companies.
The Borlaug Fellowship Program was launched in March 2004 in honor of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, who has been hailed as the father of the Green Revolution.
In 2007, Dr. Borlaug received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award, for his lifetime contributions to improving international agriculture and global food security.
Dr. Borlaug won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his success in developing high-yielding wheat varieties and reversing severe food shortages that haunted India and Pakistan in the 1960's.
Credited with saving millions of lives, his work virtually eliminated recurring famines in South Asia and helped global food production outpace population growth.
The program is administered by USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service in cooperation with the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.
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