Nominations open for the 2015 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application

The $10,000 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation, recognizes exceptional, science-based achievement in international agriculture and food production by an individual under 40 who has clearly demonstrated intellectual courage, stamina, and determination in the fight to eliminate global hunger and poverty.

Nominations are sought through June 30 for the fourth annual award, which will be presented at the World Food Prize events in October.

The award honors an individual who is working closely and directly “in the field” or at the production or processing level with farmers, animal herders, fishers or others in rural communities, in any discipline or enterprise across the entire food production, processing, and distribution chain.

Candidates will be evaluated and selected based on the attributes and accomplishments that reflect those demonstrated by Dr. Borlaug during his work in field research and application, which include: persistence, innovation, communication, research/science, extension, education, application, leadership and impact.

In 2014, Dr. Bram Govaerts, a native of Belgium working in Mexico, received the Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application for his development of leading-edge, sustainable and highly productive farming systems in Mexico. His collaborative work with farmers has made it possible for smallholders in Mexico and other developing countries to significantly improve their livelihoods and escape hunger and poverty. Read the full biographies of the award recipients at

Please click on this link to learn more and to nominate a deserving individual. Learn more about last year’s winner at this link. Questions may be directed to Judith Pim, Director of Secretariat Operations.