Into the field again: Borlaug 100, Ciudad Obregon, Mexico (March 24-28, 2014)

CIUDAD OBREGON, Mexico (March 24, 2014)

Dear Reader,

Sparing you the “how-we-got-here” story, we herewith report that we and our four University of Missouri students arrived tonight in Ciudad Obregon, a large city in Mexico’s Sonora state a fair distance northwest of Mexico City. This is the site of the Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security, also known as the Borlaug 100 conference.

It’s an important place because here Norman Borlaug began key field work that eventually led to the so-called Green Revolution in agriculture and to crop-yield improvements that staved off mass starvation in the developing world. In 1970 he won the Nobel Peace Prize for feeding what the Nobel committee said was 1 billion people.

After a good night’s sleep we will head into the field tomorrow (Tuesday, March 25) bringing you insight into the people, events and issues of this important meeting, which, we are advised, will serve as an update on research and other efforts to address world hunger and as a celebration of Borlaug and his legacy.

We will let our multidisciplinary team of MU students tell the stories. And we’ll introduce the students to you shortly.

Thanks for following our coverage.

—Bill Allen and Nina Furstenau, instructors



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