Dr. Norman Borlaug received the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his outstanding and tireless fight against hunger all over the world.

IFA decided to rename its “IFA International Crop Nutrition Award” to honour the “Father of the Green Revolution”, a strong supporter of the fertilizer industry, who showed the world the vital links between science, technology, extension and agricultural production.

The IFA Norman Borlaug Award

Every year since 1993, IFA grants the Norman Borlaug Award to a person whose research or extension work has led to significant advances in crop nutrition. The Norman Borlaug Award allows IFA to promote research and knowledge transfer on efficient and effective fertilizer use.


for excellence in crop nutrition knowledge transfer

Prof. Tekalign Mamo is the laureate of the 2016 IFA Norman Borlaug Award


Paris, France: 9 May 2016 Professor Tekalign Mamo, distinguished soil scientist and former Ethiopian State Minister of Agriculture has been awarded the 2016 IFA Norman Borlaug Award for his outstanding contribution to improving soil health and natural resources bases in Ethiopia, benefitting over 11 million smallholder farmers.



Since 2005, through a national initiative that Professor Mamo spearheaded, Ethiopia has rehabilitated more than 15 million hectares of degraded land through a community based watershed development strategy. Professor Mamo is also responsible for conceiving and recommending soil fertility survey of agricultural land, an initiative that is known by the name the Ethiopian Soil Information System (EthioSIS), the most advanced soil fertility mapping exercise on the African continent.



“I am honoured to receive this award, and am proud Ethiopia’s leadership in addressing soil health issues is being recognised internationally,” comments Professor Mamo. “Much remains to be done to continue Ethiopia’s transformation and lift even more people out of poverty, but an accolade such as this serves as encouragement to continue this important journey by fellow citizens and African colleagues.”

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Prof. Tekalign Mamo in the News


Reuters - 18 June 2016
Soil fertility information is transforming agriculture in Ethiopia
By Tekalign Mamo

The Guardian - 18 May 2016
We must rebuild farmers' resilience after Ethiopia's catastrophic El Niño
By Tekalign Mamo

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