UN food agency mourns death of champion against hunger

Norman Borlaug speaking at the Ministerial Conference and Expo on Agricultural Science and Technology in June 2003

13 September 2009 – The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today mourned the passing of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Norman E. Borlaug, thanking him for being the agency's “great champion in the battle against hunger.”

Mr. Borlaug, who died yesterday, “saved more lives than any man in human history,” WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said in a statement.

Called the father of the Green Revolution, “his total devotion to ending famine and hunger revolutionized food security for millions of people and for many nations,” she noted.

The agronomist and humanitarian from the United States won the 1970 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

“His heart was as big as his brilliant mind, but it was his passion and compassion that moved the world,” Ms. Sheeran said.

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