Spreading Influence of Borlaug CAST Communication Award Winners

November 15, 2013

Building a Legacy of Excellence

With the addition of Jeff Simmons to the list of BCCA winners, the communication aspects of the award continue to broaden and solidify. Simmons comes from a corporate background, and he is able to use his platforms to work on global challenges, especially food security issues. He joins a group of recent BCCA recipients that includes a researcher/performer, a professor/internationalist, and a high government official participating in the agriculture renaissance in Africa.  
The past four winners demonstrate the diverse, important ways credible information about agriculture can get to the public and policymakers around the globe.

2013 BCCA Winner:  Jeff Simmons (top left), the President of Elanco, is known for his understanding of scientific data, his enthusiasm for agricultural innovations, and his support for the organizations and companies working on food security in a hungry world. He addresses groups that include senior business executives, government officials, research scientists, and FFA members. Simmons maintains an active and informative twitter account. 
2012 BCCA Winner:  Carl Winter (top right), a professor at the University of California-Davis, is known for his  presentations and his ability to engage a crowd. A respected researcher and member of the FDA Food Advisory Committee, Winter also has been called "the Elvis of E. Coli" because of his videos and performances. Winter tackles complex issues like microbial contamination through songs that parody popular music.   

2011 BCCA Winner:  Catherine Bertini (bottom left) is a highly regarded professor and global organizer--she was the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Program from 1992 to 2002. Recently, she teamed with Dan Glickman to write papers and give presentations, including a conference about Food Aid for the 21st Century.  
2010 BCCA Winner:  Akin Adesina (bottom right) is into his third year as Minister of Agriculture in Nigeria. He  promotes the country's strategy for investing in agriculture to boost domestic food production. Adesina has published many papers, served with several key agricultural organizations, and received numerous awards. He works passionately to lift millions of Africans out of poverty.