Board for International Food and Agricultural Development

Engaging Universities through BIFAD

The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) advises USAID on agriculture and higher education issues pertinent to food insecurity in developing countries. The President appoints members, who primarily represent the academic community. BIFAD was established by Title XII of the Foreign Assistance Act. The Board and Title XII recognize the critical role of U.S. land-grant institutions in agricultural development, domestically and abroad, and support their representation in USAID development programs.


For questions, please contact the Designated Federal Officer for BIFAD, Clara Cohen, at or 202-712-0119.

Spring 2017 Public Meeting: Online through AgExchange

"Aligning Research Investments to the Global Food Security Strategy: A Three-Day AgExchange on Nutrition, Resilience and Agriculture-Led Economic Growth"

The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) and USAID's Bureau for Food Security hosted an online public meeting April 18-20, to help inform the alignment of relevant U.S. government research investments with the Global Food Security Act enacted by the U.S. Congress in 2016.  The AgExchange provided an opportunity for the wider food security community, and particularly those interested in research, to share their perspectives through a series of on-line facilitated discussions on - Criteria for Focusing Relevant U.S. Government Research Investments, Research on Nutrition, Research on Agriculture-led Economic Growth, and Research on Resilience. Research partners from USDA, U.S. Universities, the CGIAR Centers as well as USAID facilitated the online discussions. 

The event kicked off with a webinar on Tuesday, April 18, at 9:00 am EDT, opened by Dr. Brady Deaton, BIFAD Chair and Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Missouri, and featured remarks by Dr. Ann Bartuska, Acting Chief Scientist and Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics Mission Area, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Dr. Saharah Moon Chapotin, Deputy Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Food Security, USAID; and Dr. Robert Bertram, Chief Scientist, Bureau for Food Security, USAID. To conclude the 3 day event, BIFAD along with AgExchange moderators provided key takeaways and summary remarks during a live audio wrap-up session on, Thursday, April 20th at 3:30 pm EDT. At 5:00 pm EDT the meeting concluded but the discussion threads stayed open through COB Friday, April 21st for any final comments. The minutes from this meeting can be found on the BIFAD documents page.

Fall 2016 Public Meeting: Side Event at the 2016 World Food Prize

"Metrics for Accountability: Tracking Progress and Identifying Data Gaps in Development Investments"

The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development held a public meeting on Wednesday, October 12th, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm CDT at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel, Des Moines, Iowa. This session featured the announcement of the BIFAD Scientific Award for Excellence in a Feed the Future Innovation Lab and a session entitled “Metrics for Accountability: Tracking Progress and Identifying Gaps in Development Investments”. The purpose of the session was to examine results frameworks, assumptions, evidence, and M&E systems as a basis for tracking progress and learning, and adjusting investments towards achieving the 2030 development goals. The session included a presentation of the Feed the Future results framework, progress and learnings as well as the perspectives from representatives of other global investors. There was a public comment period from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm CDT. To see the agenda, click here. The minutes from this meeting can be found on the BIFAD documents page.

Summer 2016 Public Meeting: BIFAD at North Carolina A&T State University

“Collaboration: Leadership, Innovation and Sustainable Technology to Meet the Demands of Global Agriculture”

The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development held meetings on Thursday and Friday, May 19th - 20th, on campus at North Carolina A&T State University. The public business meeting was held on May 20th from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm EDT at the Alumni-Foundation Event Center at North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, North Carolina. During the meeting, the BIFAD and public heard updates on the role of technology and innovation in meeting the demands of feeding the world’s population and the Presidential Feed the Future Initiative. To see the agenda, click here. The minutes from this meeting can be found on the BIFAD documents page.

Final Report: Feeding the World in 2050: How Human and Institutional Capacity Development Can Support Agricultural Innovation Systems

BIFAD and USAID with support from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) hosted an e-consultation on human and institutional capacity development in November, 2014. The e-consultation began with a webinar on November 17th and was followed by an AgExchange online discussion from November 18-20th. To learn more about the HICD AgExchange, visit the home page on the Agrilinks website. A final version of this report can be found on the BIFAD documents page.

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Last updated: August 08, 2017

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