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The Carter Center's Agriculture Program worked in 15 sub-Saharan African countries between 1986-2011.

July 13, 2010
Tribute to Dr. Norman Borlaug: Speech by Jimmy Carter, Former US President and Founder, The Carter Center
This speech was presented by President Carter during Sasakawa Africa Association's 2010 Borlaug Symposium, "Taking it to the Farmer." The Symposium was held in honor of the life and achievements of Carter Center Agriculture Program Senior Consultant Dr. Norman Borlaug and discussed the current realities and challenges facing African agriculture, particularly those affecting small-scale farmers and agricultural extensionists.

May 2, 2008
Africa Does Not Have to Starve
Op-ed by Norman Borlaug was published by The Wall Street Journal.
Rapidly increasing world food prices have already led to political upheaval in poor countries. The crisis threatens to tear apart fragile states and become a humanitarian calamity unless countries get their agricultural systems moving.

April 26, 2008
Stem Rust Never Sleeps
Op-ed by Norman Borlaug was published by The New York Times.
With food prices soaring throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America, and shortages threatening hunger and political chaos, the time could not be worse for an epidemic of stem rust in the world's wheat crops. Yet millions of wheat farmers, small and large, face this spreading and deadly crop infection.

Dec. 10, 2007
Subsidies' Harvest Of Misery
Published by The Washington Post.
Congress can still act decisively this year to right a wrong that is hurting both small American farmers and the poorest people on the planet. A long-overdue debate is taking place on reform of the 1933 farm bill, passed during the Great Depression to alleviate the suffering of America's family farmers.

Oct. 26, 2007
A Green Revolution for Africa
Op-ed by Norman E. Borlaug. Published by The Wall Street Journal.

The so-called Green Revolution of Asia, which began in the 1960s and continued through the 1980s, spurred the greatest expansion of food production in world history. Global wheat and rice production doubled, and continued to grow.

July 18, 2007
Continuing the Green Revolution
Op-ed by Norman E. Borlaug. Published by The Wall Street Journal.
Early crossbreeding experiments to select desirable characteristics took years to reach the desired developmental state of a plant or animal. Today, with the tools of biotechnology, such as molecular and marker-assisted selection, the ends are reached in a more organized and accelerated way. The result has been the advent of a "Gene" Revolution that stands to equal, if not exceed, the Green Revolution of the 20th century.

Oct. 14, 2005
Food for Thought
Op-ed by Jimmy Carter and Norman E. Borlaug. Published by The Wall Street Journal.

July 11, 2003
The Next Green Revolution
Op-ed by Norman E. Borlaug. Published by The New York Times.
The key to economic development in Africa is agriculture. As President Bush concludes his trip to the continent, and Americans ponder ways to help it emerge from decades of poverty and turmoil, we would do well to remember that crucial point. Fortunately, we have the economic and technological means to bring about an agricultural revolution.

May 13, 2002
We Can Feed the World. Here's How.
Op-ed by Norman E. Borlaug. Published by The Wall Street Journal.
Thirty-two years ago, I was chosen to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, representing the thousands of researchers who created the higher crop yields of the Green Revolution. The extra food created saved perhaps a billion people from starving in the 1960s.

Dec. 6, 2000
We Need Biotech to Feed the World
Op-ed by Norman E. Borlaug. Published by The Wall Street Journal
Recently, in India, I confronted a move to outlaw inorganic, synthetic fertilizers. Government officials had been influenced by a cadre of international foes of technology. Officials told me that although Indian agriculture had greatly benefited from the use of such fertilizers in its Green Revolution -- by which India achieved self-sufficiency in grain in the 1970s -- they were now concerned that these products might have long-term negative effects.

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