Sadly, Borlaug LEAP will be closing its doors at UC Davis this Fall. Since the program began, 170 Borlaug LEAP Fellows have completed their fellowships. All 15 CGIARs and over 45 US universities have participated in the program. The Fellows represent 29 different countries (97% from sub-Saharan Africa) and the majority (84%) have pursued PhD degrees. Their thesis topics ranged from soil science to human nutrition to agricultural economics.
The program itself is one of the few bearing Dr. Borlaug's name that was created and designed with his guidance. The Values and Principles with which the program was founded are still applicable today.
The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program was established with the aim to “develop a new cadre of scientific leaders to mentor a new generation of agriculture scientists and educators who can sustain scientific innovation for development.”
We wish to thank USAID, USDA, Texas A&M University, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and the University of California, Davis for their long support of Borlaug LEAP. We also want to recognize the 170 Borlaug LEAP Fellows who proudly represent the program. Today they work to address issues of food security at universities, NARS, government ministries, NGOs, private sector companies, donor agencies, the United Nations, international research institutes, and other development organizations. The legacy of the program will continue through their leadership in mentoring and educating the next generation of scientists.