Program Overview, Objectives, and PrioritiesThe Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program (Borlaug Fellowship Program) advances USDA’s agricultural research goals of promoting collaborative programs among agricultural professionals of eligible countries, agricultural
professionals of the United States, the international agricultural research system, and United States entities conducting research by providing fellowships to individuals from eligible countries who specialize or have experience in agricultural education, research, extension, or other related fields.Fellowships promote the expansion of domestic and international markets in eligible countries by educating a new generation of agricultural scientists, increasing scientific knowledge and collaborative research to increase trade and agricultural economic activity by extending that knowledge to users and intermediaries in the marketplace.
The collaborative nature of the training and research programs not only benefits the Fellow, his or her home institution, and partner country; the U. S. host institution, its professors, researchers, and students; and the global agricultural sector by improving agricultural productivity, systems, and processes in partnering nations through the transfer of new science and agricultural technologies.
As part of the Borlaug Fellowship Program, Fellows will attend the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium (Borlaug Dialogue) hosted by the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa during the week of October 11, 202 0. Dr. Norman E.
Borlaug envisioned a prize that would honor those who have made significant and measurable contributions to improving the world's food supply.
His vision was achieved in 1986 through the World Food Prize, the hosting organization for the Norman E.
Borlaug International Symposium each year during October in Des Moines, Iowa.
The World Food Prize (WFP) is the foremost international award for the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world.
The World Food Prize recognizes contributions in any field involved in improving the world food supply, including food and agriculture science and technology, manufacturing, marketing, nutrition, economics, poverty alleviation, political leadership, and the social sciences.
The World Food Prize emphasizes the importance of a nutritious and sustainable food supply for all people.
The World Food Prize also annually hosts the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium to bring the world's foremost experts and leaders together to discuss cutting-edge issues in food security and multiple youth education programs to inspire the next generation to study and work in fields related to global agriculture.
The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) participates in the Norman E.
Borlaug International Symposium annually.
Each year, FAS organizes training and events fornetwork with other Borlaug Fellows, scientists and leaders from around the globe on issues related to food security.
Objective The selected award recipient will collaborate with FAS Global Programs, Fellowship Programs staff members to organize and execute two workshops adjacent to the annual World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue:
Borlaug Fellows and their mentors.
Approximately 60 Borlaug Fellows and their Mentors attend the Borlaug Dialogue each year providing opportunities to • the USDA Borlaug Fellowship Program World Food Prize Event (Event), from approximately 9am – 5pm on Monday, October 12, 202 0. This event should stimulate discussion among fellows and mentors regarding collaborative agricultural research, transfer of new science and agricultural technologies to strengthen agricultural practice, reduction of barriers to technology adoption, and/or development of agricultural extension services.
It should also provide an opportunity for fellows to build a community of practice to foster improved use of agricultural science worldwide.• a formal breakfast workshop from approximately 7:30am – 10am for Fellows and their Mentors, featuring a USDA principal.
FAS will confirm the date for the Breakfast meeting not later than three weeks in advance.
This workshop will provide the opportunity for USDA and other presenters to discuss USDA’s vision for international agricultural education, research, and extension.The selected recipient will also be expected to provide necessary support to facilitate the above events, as further delineated in Section F.
Fellows’ research interests will fall within the scope of “food and agricultural sciences” as defined by 7 USC 3103(9); USDA will confirm the number of fellows and their particular research interests not later than three weeks prior to the event date.