Norman Borlaug, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and world-renowned father of the Green Revolution, was posthumously awarded the prestigious Agricola Medal from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization during the recent World Food Security Conference in Rome.


The organization's director-general, Jacques Diouf, announced the award and paid homage to Borlaug's life-long efforts toward ending world hunger.


Borlaug, who passed away last year at age 95, has been credited with saving as many as a billion lives through his work in developing a high-yield, disease-resistant semi-dwarf wheat and the "shuttle breeding" technique, which significantly improved agricultural production in nations faced with serious food shortages.


Jeanie Borlaug Laube, Borlaug’s daughter, and Julie Borlaug Larson, Borlaug’s granddaughter and director for partnerships of the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, accepted the award from Diouf.


“The conferring of this award to the memory of my grandfather further validates and recognizes his work and his legacy," says Larson. "But the challenge of helping feed an ever-growing world population and providing food security for all, especially those in underdeveloped and developing countries, continues to be and will remain the mission of the institute which bears his name and shares his vision.”


The Borlaug Institute, part of the Texas A&M University System, was named in honor of Borlaug, who served as a distinguished professor of international agriculture at the university from 1984 until his death in 2009. According to its website, the institute “strives to carry on Borlaug's legacy by promoting science-based solutions for the world's agriculture and food challenges” and currently leads or participates in numerous agricultural improvement projects worldwide.