Public agronomy: Norman Borlaug as ‘brand hero’ for the Green Revolution

Published on 6 December 2021

This paper examines the role played by Norman Borlaug in promoting the notion of Green Revolution as a way to rapidly transform agriculture in the developing world. It develops the argument that Borlaug used his profile as a ‘public agronomist’, gained through his successful breeding of semi-dwarf wheat varieties, to actively and instrumentally bolster the case for Green Revolution style agricultural development. In effect he played and continues to play the role of a ‘brand hero’ for the Green Revolution.

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Sumberg, J., Keeney. D and Benedict, D. (2012) 'Public agronomy: Norman Borlaug as ‘brand hero’ for the Green Revolution', Journal of Development Studies 48(11): 1587-1600.

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