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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.

BOARD MEMBERS

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

October 16, 2016 BIFAD Public Meeting on Improving Nutrition Through Private Sector Engagement Across Food Systems

A public meeting on Improving Nutrition Through Private Sector Engagement Across Food Systems will be held on October 16, 2016 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown, 700 Grand Avenue, Davenport and Dubuque Rooms, Des Moines, Iowa and via  live stream. The meeting will examine public sector and private sector relationships at different points in the food system to improve the demand, availability, accessibility, and affordability of high-quality diets for vulnerable populations. Discussions will address how to build a business case for private sector involvement in improving diet quality for vulnerable populations and how the public sector needs to engage and incentivize that business case. Recommendations coming out of the meeting will help to inform USAID's future focus in this area. 

The meeting will include:

  • The announcement of the winners of the BIFAD Prize for Scientific Excellence in a Feed the Future Innovation Lab, and
  • An update on a BIFAD-commissioned study on the U.S. benefits and capabilities leveraged of USAID investments in developing country agriculture and food security.

Following an introduction by Dr. Rob Bertram, Chief Scientist, USAID Bureau for Food Security, a keynote address by Dr. Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), and framing remarks by Dr. William Masters, Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, two panels will address:

  1. Aspects of the enabling environment that can help accelerate private sector engagement in nutrition; and
  2. Key drivers of private sector engagement to improve diet quality, including aspects of labeling, marketing, standards, and accountability systems.

A public comment period is scheduled from 11:30 am-12:00 pm CDT. 

Please click here to see the agenda(link is external).

Please register here to attend the meeting virtually(link is external).

September 12, 2018 BIFAD Meeting in Washington, DC on the Feed the Future Learning Agenda

A public meeting on the new Feed the Future Learning Agenda will be held from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm EDT on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at the Murrow/White/Lisagor Room, 13th floor, National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC and via live-stream. The new Learning Agenda builds on the first Feed the Future Learning Agenda launched in 2012. Dr. Mark Keenum, BIFAD Chair, will preside over the business meeting.  The meeting will include an update on a study commissioned by BIFAD and USAID on U.S. benefits and capabilities leveraged from strategic USAID investments in developing country agriculture and food security, led by Dr. Joseph Glauber, Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Through the Learning Agenda, the U.S. Government seeks to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Feed the Future initiative by generating, synthesizing, communicating and applying evidence related to key questions. Evidence from the Learning Agenda will inform the design of Feed the Future-related strategies, programs, projects and activities.  The Learning Agenda will also serve to address requirements laid out in section 8(a)(14) of the Global Food Security Act on sharing lessons learned from implementation of the Global Food Security Strategy. This Feed the Future Learning Agenda will focus on eight areas: (1) Gender and women’s empowerment, (2) Market systems, (3) Policy systems, (4) Nutrition, (5) Risk and resilience, (6) Youth, (7) Water and Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), and (8) Scaling technologies and practices. These areas reflect work and research being carried out under the Feed the Future initiative. Analytical outputs from the work in these areas will feed into the answering Learning Agenda questions. BIFAD  is taking this opportunity to welcome public input on these focus areas, the types of questions to be examined, and research under way that might help contribute.  Beginning at 12:30 pm EDT, Chairman Keenum will moderate a half-hour public comment period. The public meeting will adjourn at 1:00 pm EDT. 

Content from the September 12 meeting, including links to the video recordings, slides and minutes, will be uploaded on the BIFAD documents page. 

Summer 2018 BIFAD Meeting, Washington, DC on US Benefits of USAID Investments in Developing Country Agriculture and Food Security 

A public meeting was convened at the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association annual meeting in Washington, DC and via live-stream on August 8, 2018 to engage in a dialogue and provide feedback on a new study that is being commissioned by BIFAD and USAID. This study will analyze US benefits and capabilities leveraged from strategic USAID investments in developing country agriculture and food security.  Participants, as well as a panel of experts in the field were asked to review and provide feedback on a conceptual framework characterizing the channels by which USAID food and agricultural development investments in developing countries affect the American economy, to identify the types and assess the quality of evidence available to estimate the importance of the channels, and to suggest other data sources for consideration in the study. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Mark Keenum, BIFAD Chairman and President of Mississippi State University. The meeting featured Dr. Joseph Glauber, Senior Research Fellow from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and former Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), who is to lead the study. Panelists included Stephanie Mercier, Senior Policy and Advocacy Adviser at the American Farm Journal Foundation, John Newton, Executive Director of the American Farm Bureau Federation, George Norton, Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech, Melinda Smale, Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University, Keith Fuglie, Economist in the Resource and Rural Economics Division, Economic Research Service, USDA, and Carl Pray, Professor in the Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics Department at Rutgers University.

Content from the August 8 meeting, including links to the video recordings, slides and minutes, will be uploaded on the BIFAD documents page.

Spring 2018 Meetings in Washington, D.C. 

"Building an Evidence Base on Rural Youth Employment and Livelihoods"

The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development held a public meeting on May 8, 2018 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC.  The purpose of the meeting was to develop a shared understanding of rural labor markets and youth-specific constraints, discuss the evidence base on programs that aim to improve rural youth employment and livelihoods, outline cross-sectoral opportunities to support and empower youth to take advantage of agricultural system market opportunities, and identify knowledge gaps on which U.S. university research partners can generate evidence to address. 

"Resilience Measurement and Analysis"

The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development held a public meeting on May 9, 2018 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC.  The purpose of this meeting was to share knowledge about theoretical and applied frameworks for resilience measurement and analysis and to identify opportunities to leverage U.S. university research capabilities to support resilience measurement and analysis. This event responded to priorities identified during the BIFAD meeting at the 2017 World Food Prize and the 2017 USAID Resilience Evidence Summit. This meeting will include the presentation of the BIFAD Award for Scientific Excellence in a Feed the Future Innovation Lab. 

Content from the May 8th - 9th meetings, including links to the video recordings, slides and minutes, can be found on the BIFAD documents page

Side Event at the 2017 World Food Prize

"Building an Evidence Base for Resilience Programming under the USG Global Food Security Strategy:  Bridging the Gap Between Humanitarian and Development Assistance"

The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development held a side event on October 17, 2017 at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa.  The event included the announcement of the BIFAD Prize for Scientific Excellence, an update from USAID’s Bureau for Food Security, an overview of the impetus and rationale for elevating resilience in the Global Food Security Strategy, a progress update by USAID on resilience in the face of the current drought in the Horn of Africa, and an expert panel on the emerging evidence base on resilience. 

The panel discussed state-of-the-art approaches to resilience measurement, as well as what the evidence tells us about sources of resilience that enable households and communities to maintain their food security in the face of recurrent shocks such as drought and—more broadly—to sustainably escape and remain out of poverty in the face of complex risks. Featured:

  • Greg Collins, Director, Center for Resilience, USAID
  • Tim Frankenberger, President and Co-Founder,  TANGO International 
  • Nancy Mock, Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University 
  • Jon Kurtz, Senior Director of Research and Learning, Mercy Corps 
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Last updated: October 16, 2018

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