Rev. David Beckmann, co-chair of MFAN and president of the faith-based hunger group Bread for the World, will deliver a eulogy today on the campus of Texas A&M University at the memorial service for 1970 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and so-called father of the “Green Revolution” Dr. Norman Borlaug, the plant scientist who died on Sept. 12 at the age of 95.
Borlaug is widely credited with helping to teach the world to feed itself through the discovery of high-yield wheat grains, thus saving hundreds of millions of lives in developing countries. In an op-ed published by the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Beckmann says the time end world hunger is now and that “nothing could pay greater homage to the life’s work of […] Norman Borlaug and his Green Revolution.”
He goes on to say: “Lawmakers in the House and Senate have introduced bills that would improve food security through agricultural development and reform our sorely outdated and inefficient foreign aid system. The State Department has been leading an interagency task force to put together the administration’s world hunger initiative and has ordered a review of all its development and diplomacy programs. And the White House has ordered an evaluation of the way in which the U.S. administers and delivers foreign aid.
“These actions constitute a circle of awareness. Congress and the Obama administration acknowledge the need for investments in country-owned and country-led strategies to strengthen agricultural development as part of an effective global development strategy.”