The 100th anniversary of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug’s birth was celebrated at the National Agricultural Science Complex, Pusa, New Delhi on March 25, 2014. The CIMMYT-India and BISA staff participated in the event and paid tribute to the Nobel Laureate for his tireless efforts against hunger around the world and South Asia in particular. Dr. Borlaug’s plaque was unveiled by Mr. Sharad Pawar, agriculture minister, Government of India, in August 2013 in front of the Administrative Block of the CGIAR-NAAS complex. Dr. Vibha Dhawan and Col. Aswani Yadav garlanded the plaque and staff members paid rich floral tributes to Dr. Borlaug. Sweets were served to all those present in the CG Centres and the NASC complex on the occasion. Dr. Borlaug was remembered for his services to humanity. CIMMYT and BISA are now furthering his efforts by taking research to the south Asian farmers.
"Farmers need to be more involved in developing and refining technology". This was one of the key conclusions of a technology working group comprised of leading Asian scientists, representatives of farmer groups and entrepreneurs who met during “The 50 Pact,” an international conference jointly organized by the Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to celebrate 50 years of Dr. Norman Borlaug’s first visit to India.
A delegation of 16 African stakeholders (Girma Moges, Friew Kelemu, Minwyeket Beyene, Yonas Mulatu, Pascal G Kaumbutho, Joseph Mbithi, Abel Gikenyi Ondong’a, Stephen Mwaniki Ngeru, Wilfred Lengaki Mariki, John Elias Sariah, John Frank Lesiriam, David Chisawilo, Special Musoni, Lewis Mataba, Tirivangani Koza and Siadi Mkomwa) visited the Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA), Ladhowal, Ludhiana (Punjab) on 5 May, 2013. The delegation was led by Er. Siadi Mkomwa, CEO of the African Conservation Tillage (ACT) network. This was the second visit of a high-level foreign delegation to BISA in the current year. They were received and welcomed by the CIMMYT-BISA team comprised of Dr. HS Sidhu and other staff members.