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.


  • Brady J. Deaton, BIFAD Chair & Chancellor Emeritus of University of Missouri
  • Pamela K. Anderson, International Potato Center Director General Emeritus
  • James M. Ash, Food & Agribusiness Group Leader, Husch Blackwell LLP
  • Waded Cruzado, President, Montana State University-Bozeman
  • Gebisa Ejeta, Distinguished Professor, Purdue University
  • Cary Fowler, Former Executive Director, Global Crop Diversity Trust
  • Harold L. Martin, Sr., Chancellor, North Carolina A&T State University

If you have any questions, please contact the Interim Designated Federal Officer for BIFAD, Clara Cohen, at or 202-712-0119.

Spring 2016 Public Meeting: Washington, D.C. 

"University and CGAIR engagement in international agricultural research"

The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development held a public meeting from 8:30 am to 12:25 pm EDT on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at the National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, 529 14th Street NW in Washington, D.C.  During the meeting, BIFAD addressed old and new business and heard updates from USAID, the university community, and other experts on the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CIGAR) and partner engagement in feeding the world’s population. To see the agenda, click here.

Fall 2015 Public Meeting: BIFAD at Purdue University

“Crossroads: Science, Innovation, Markets, and Policy for Feeding the World”

The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development held meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 20-21, on campus at Purdue University. The public business meeting was held on October 21st from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm EDT in the South Ballroom of the Memorial Union at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. During the meeting, the BIFAD and public heard updates on climate-smart agriculture, plant science research, 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.

Special Session at the 2015 World Food Prize

"Building Human Capital: Nutrition is Fundamental"

The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) sponsored a special session focused on the economic impact of malnutrition in the developing world. The session,“Building Human Capital: Nutrition is Fundamental,” was held from 9:00 am to 11:00 am CDT on Wednesday, October, 14, 2015 at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown Hotel, 700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa.  During the session, a panel of nutrition experts from the university community discussed emerging trends in the global pattern of malnutrition, including obesity and micronutrient deficiency, cognitive and physical impairments of children that arise from poor nutrition, and the economic and social impacts of malnutrition. To see the complete session description, click here.

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: March 23, 2016

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