John A. Ferrell

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John A. Ferrell was the Rockefeller Foundation's regional director for public health in Mexico who first proposed what would later be known as the Green Revolution. No action was taken at the time, in the 1930's, when Ferrell spoke to U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Josephus Daniels and to a former minister of agriculture about the possibility of a cooperative venture in agriculture between the Rockefeller Foundation and the Mexican government.[1][2] When the former minister said this was a good idea that Mexican President Lazaro Cardenas would likely approve of, Ferrell wrote Rockefeller Foundation president Raymond Fosdick. However, no action was taken until 1941, when newly elected U.S. Vice President Henry A. Wallace returned from a month and met with Ferrel and Fosdick in February 3 of that year.[3]

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  1. Bruce H. Jennings, Foundations of International Agricultural Research: Science and Politics in Mexican Agriculture, p. 46
  2. John H. Perkins, Geopolitics and the Green Revolution: Wheat, Genes, and the Cold War, Oxford University Press, 1997, p. 106
  3. Bruce H. Jennings, Foundations of International Agricultural Research: Science and Politics in Mexican Agriculture, p. 48

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