Jeanie Borlaug Laube has served as the chair of the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) since 2009, a year after it was first launched. She is an enthusiastic proponent of wheat research and enjoins all scientists to “take it to the farmer.”
She has helped build a community of wheat researchers and amplified their collective voice among politicians, policymakers, farmers, scientists and donors. She is an influential advocate for wheat research and science. To mark the 100th anniversary of her father Norman Borlaug’s birth, in 2013 and 2014 she visited Ethiopia, Kenya, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Mexico, Washington, D.C, and Minnesota, speaking at various political events as an ambassador for wheat, food security, and global cooperation. Additionally, she met with scientists, farmers and other leaders.
In 2009, she initiated the Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum Award for young career scientists, and there are now 25 awardees who are changing the face of wheat research. In 2010, she initiated the Jeanie Borlaug Laube Mentor Award for scientists who are valuable mentors of young wheat scientists.
“The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative is committed to developing the young professional careers of highly educated women who work in Triticum or its relatives. By fostering the careers of women working in the fields of wheat breeding and pathology, we can advance Norman Borlaug’s vision of a more secure wheat crop worldwide, and enhance the global community of wheat and scientists in a meaningful way. The bridge to a food-secure world will be built by both men and women.” – Jeanie Borlaug Laube