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UNICEF Executive Director honours the father of the ‘Green Revolution’

NEW YORK, 4 December 2006 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman presented the annual Quality of Life Award to Norman Ernest Borlaug, father of the ‘Green Revolution’, in New York today.

“Borlaug has seen hunger up close, and in response, he has dedicated his life to feeding the world,” said Ms. Veneman.

Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, Dr. Borlaug developed strains of high-yield disease-resistant wheat that he introduced, alongside modern agricultural production techniques to much of the developing world. The resulting ‘Green Revolution’ was a dramatic improvement in agricultural productivity that swept the globe in the 1960s. Today, he is using the same techniques to increase food production in Africa.

“From having seen hunger during my travels to Africa and other parts of the globe, I hope that countries around the world will heed Norman Borlaug’s call and one day bestow the man who dedicated his life to feeding the world with the biggest prize of all – the prize of a world free of hunger.”

The International Quality of Life Awards have been presented by Auburn University each year since 1994. The Awards honour those who have made significant contributions to individual, family and community well-being. Past honorees have included Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of Capetown, South Africa; Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State; and Catherine Bertini, former Executive Director, World Food Programme.

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For 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 156 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

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