Nobel Peace Laureate to Discuss Tools for Battling Hunger

Contact: Richard Morrison, 202.331.2273

Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, May 18th, Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Norman Borlaug will address a Newsmaker Breakfast sponsored by the National Press Club on the efforts of he and his colleagues to fight famine in Africa and around the world with new agricultural methods.  Dr. Borlaug will also address activist opposition to new technologies that could be the key to feeding billions more in the decades ahead.

Dr. Borlaug has dedicated his career to bringing new advances in agriculture to the farmers in the developing world who need them most, and he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his achievements, estimated at the time to have saved hundreds of millions of lives.  He will speak on his experiences working with farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, and how the methods he and other scientists have developed can increase food production without the environmental impacts of putting ever more of the world’s land under the plow.

Dr. Borlaug currently serves as senior consultant to the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico City, a Distinguished Professor of International Agriculture at Texas A&M University and as chairman of the Board of Advisors for the World Food Prize, which he helped to create in 1985.

What: National Press Club Newsmaker Breakfast

Who: Dr. Norman Borlaug

Where: National Press Club, 13th Floor – Lisagor Room, Washington, D.C.

When: May 18th, 2004 – 10:00 am

For: Members of the news media.

For inquiries, contact the National Press Club events line at 202-662-7501.