This speech was a pivotal event in Borlaug's life.
In the first ten years of attempting to make better hybrids, Borlaug's group made more than six thousand crossings of wheat.
Based on this unprecedented success, samples of Borlaug's seeds were sent abroad.
Although there was cultural opposition in India to Borlaug's methods and seeds, the famine was so bad by 1965 that the government stepped in and urged the project forward.
Because of this—because of Mexico, India, Pakistan, and a dozen other countries that Borlaug's work transformed—he is credited with saving a billion lives.