Journal Article


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

Published on 1 January 2012

This article 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.


James Sumberg

Emeritus Fellow

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published by
Taylor and Francis
Sumberg, J., Keeney D. and Dempsey, B.
Journal of Development Studies, volume 48, issue 11


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