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.


If you have any questions, please contact the BIFAD Executive Director, Susan Owens, at or 202-712-0218.

Spring 2015 Public Meeting: BIFAD at Montana State University

The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development held public meetings on Thursday and Friday, April 9-10, 2015. These meetings were held on campus at Montana State University in the Strand Union Building. During the meetings, updates on the Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), Tribal Colleges and the Presidential Feed the Future Initiative were presented. BIFAD heard from panels regarding “Effective Developments for Enhanced Nutrition in Smallholder Farming” and “Decision Making to Enhance Food Security and Resilience.”  To view the agenda, click here. The minutes from this meeting can be found on the BIFAD documents page

Recent Publication: Title XII Report to Congress FY2013

This annual report is submitted to Congress pursuant to Section 300 of Title XII of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended by the Famine Prevention and Freedom from Hunger Improvement Act of 2000. To view the annual report, visit the BIFAD documents page.

Recent Event: 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.


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Last updated: June 23, 2015

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