"Dr. Borlaug's scientific achievements saved hundreds of millions of lives and earned him the Nobel Peace Prize and the distinction of one of the 100 most influential individuals of the 20th Century."
Jimmy Carter
"Dr. Borlaug is an American hero and a world icon."
George H. W. Bush
"This biography of one of the greatest men of our time is written in the same fast-paced, common sense style that has characterized the amazingly creative life of Norman Borlaug... No one can tell this story of Dr. Borlaug better than his fellow agriculturist and development authority, Dr. Leon Hesser."
George McGovern

The title of this biography, The Man Who Fed the World, is indeed appropriate. My good friend Norman Borlaug has accomplished more than any other one individual in history in the battle to end world hunger.

As a young Rockefeller Foundation scientist in the mid-20th century, Dr. Borlaug developed high-yielding varieties of wheat that took Mexico from near-starvation to self-sufficiency within a few years. A decade later, when India and Pakistan suffered widespread hunger and even famine, he introduced his new seed and production technologies in the Asian sub-continent and successfully campaigned at the highest levels of government to get policy changes that averted famine in the mid to late 1960s. In response to the combination of his scientific and humanitarian achievements, the Nobel Committee awarded Dr. Borlaug the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970.

That was only the beginning of his remarkable accomplishments. Since 1970, for example, Norman Borlaug has made a number of trips to China, where his technology, his policy suggestions, and his training of young Chinese scientists helped alleviate hunger in that country of 1.3 billion people. In the Southern Cone of South America, the early maturity of his Mexican wheats permitted double cropping of wheat and soybeans, with tremendous increases in production. For his technology and his humanitarian efforts, he is revered in many countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and Africa.

Since 1986, I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Norman Borlaug in sub-Saharan Africa where, in spite of AIDS, endemic malaria and other maladies, populations are increasing faster than food supplies. I have witnessed first-hand the reverence that thousands upon thousands of Africans have for Dr. Borlaug’s untiring efforts to relieve their hunger.

Norman Borlaug’s scientific achievements have saved hundreds of millions of lives and earned him the distinction as one of the 100 most influential individuals of the 20th century. I commend Leon Hesser for making more people aware of the remarkable life and achievements of this American hero.

Jimmy Carter

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