The American agronomist and humanitarian Norman Borlaug, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970, died from cancer in Dallas yesterday, aged 95. Borlaug was considered “the father of the Green Revolution” and his discoveries are estimated to have saved the lives of hundreds of millions of people. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for having contributed to world peace through increasing food supply, particularly in Asia and Latin America.
This award may be seen as a forerunner of recent years’ awards to laureates such as Wangari Maathai, Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank, and Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who have received the Peace Prize for work less directly connected to wars and conflicts but rather to substainable development and thereby prevention of wars and conflicts.
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