Wednesday May 28 2014

Uganda selected to honour Norman Borlaug

By Peter Wamboga-Mugirya

Uganda has been selected to host the centenary birthday celebrations of Norman E. Borlaug, who is credited for the Green Revolution through the use of high-yielding crops and better food production techniques.

Borlaug, who was a specialist in agronomy (growing and management of crops in the field), is renowned for saving a billion people from hunger especially in the then heavily populated but food-deficient Asian countries (India, Pakistan) and Mexico.

The celebrations shall be part of the Source of the Nile Agricultural and Trade Show, organised by Uganda National Farmers’ Federation (UNFFE) and held in Jinja. This year’s edition will be held July 7-13, and President Yoweri Museveni is expected as Chief Guest.

Officials at UNFFE say this year’s show shall be unique in that Uganda was chosen to host the international celebrations of 100 years of Norman Borlaug.

Mr Augustine Mwendya, chief executive secretary, UNFFE, confirmed that preparations are underway under a team led by Sasakawa Global 2000 (SG 2000).
SG 2000 is administered by Sasakawa Africa Foundation, and was established with the Carter Centre to run agricultural programmes in 14 African countries, including Uganda.

Part of the show
UNFFE is represented on the national organising committee by the Jinja Showgrounds Manager, Mr Peter Kisambira.
“The preparations for that ceremony are in high-gear. It’ll be a high-level activity that will be part of our agricultural and trade show. But Sasakawa Global 2000 are in charge of the overall programme,” Kisambira said.

There have been a series of Sasakawa Africa Foundation-sponsored events around the world since early 2014 in honour of the would-be 100th birthday of Borlaug, whose dream was to bring the Green Revolution to the world.