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 Interim Designated Federal Officer for BIFAD, Clara Cohen, at or 202-712-0119.

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

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. 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: June 17, 2016

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