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

Dr. Heitor Cantarella is the laureate of the 2017 IFA Annual Borlaug Award


Paris, France: 13 October 2016 Dr. Heitor Canteralla, the Director of the Soil and Environmental Resources Center of the Agronomic Institute of Campinas in Brazil has been awarded the 2017 IFA Norman Borlaug for his cutting-edge work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with fertilizer use in the tropics.

Dr. Cantarella’s work has focused on minimising emissions of nitrous oxide during the production of key Brazilian crops such as citrus fruits and sugarcane for ethanol production. He is also one of the first scientists to assess the nitrous oxide emissions associated with the production of ethanol, the biofuel which now powers 40 percent of vehicles in Brazil.

His research showed that nitrous oxide emissions could be reduced by up to 95 percent, by applying urea fertilizer to sugarcane with compounds that slow down the conversion of ammonia to nitrate (known as nitrification inhibitors).

“Finding a way to make ethanol more sustainable through innovations in fertilizer has been my mission, and I am delighted it has been recognised with this prestigious prize,” he comments.

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