Oct. 12: Norman Borlaug Lecture

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Iowa State University President Steven Leath invites you to the annual Norman Borlaug Lecture, presented by the 2015 World Food Prize Laureate, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed.

Please join us on our Ames campus for his presentation, Empowering the Poor in the Fight against Hunger."

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed is the 2015 World Food Prize Laureate and founder and chairperson of BRAC, the world’s largest anti-poverty organization. Through BRAC, known originally as the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee, Sir Fazle pioneered a new approach to development that addresses the connection between hunger and poverty. He has also been a leader in empowering women as agents of change through microfinance, education, and healthcare. Sir Fazle worked as a corporate executive until 1971, when he resigned and formed BRAC to assist the people of his native Bangladesh after a devastating tropical storm and war with Pakistan. BRAC has since spread its antipoverty solutions to ten other developing countries, including Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, and Haiti.

The Norman Borlaug Lecture Series is held annually in conjunction with the World Food Prize Symposium. It honors the agronomist and Iowa native whose discoveries sparked the Green Revolution.

A reception and student poster display will precede the lecture at 7 p.m. in the South Ballroom of the Memorial Union.

Courtesy of the Iowa State Nutritional Sciences Council.