We at the Borlaug Training Foundation believe that training and mentoring are key components in the quest to feed the worlds ever growing population. We believe that technology alone will not feed an increasing population and that we must teach people how and why to use the new technology in farmer’s fields. Therefore, we have gathered together a panel of experts to share their thoughts on why training is so important. From industry experts to current students the training they have received through out their career has impacted every panelist.
Jeanie Borlaug Laube, daughter of Norman Borlaug a philanthropist and teacher she is also the Chair of the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative and the Vice President of the Borlaug Training Foundation.
Amor H. Yahyaoui, Amor worked in Tunisia as Professor at ESA-Kef University of Tunis II, where he run the College of Agriculture. He joined ICARDA in 1998 as senior cereal pathologist then became IPM project manager. While at ICARDA, Amor continued supervision of graduate student research. In 2011 Amor joined CIMMYT as Wheat Training Officer where he encouraged women participation in wheat training and has been hosting the Women in Triticum Awardee for scientific visit to CENEB (Centro Experimental Norman E. Borlaug) at Obregon. Major area of teaching includes plant pathology, epidemiology, integrated pest management, and crop breeding.
Jesse Dubin, Began his career volunteering with the Peace Corps teaching Forest Pathology in Chile. He served with CIMMYT for 24 years all over the world and worked closely with Sanjaya Rajaram. He continues to teach and guide young scientists.
Roy Cantrell, Roy has been a plant breeder for 40 years with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. During, Roy’s academic tenure he trained 8 PhD , 8 MS, and 2 Post Doctoral students in Plant Breeding. Roy recently retired from Monsanto, based in St Louis, where he was most recently Global Breeding Outreach & Partnership Lead
Manel Othmeni, is a PhD student from Tunisia. After completing her master’s degree she was given the opportunity to attend a CIMMYT training course. In 2015 she received a Beachel Borlaug Scholarship, which allowed her to begin her PhD at the University of Nottingham, UK.
Panel moderator - Perry Gustafson, grew up on the family farm in Colorado, and worked for the USDA-ARS for 30 years. He is internationally recognized for his research and for providing leadership to improve agricultural research and production worldwide.