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178th BIFAD Meeting on Improving Nutrition through Private Sector Engagement across Food Systems


October 16, 2018 | Downtown Marriott, Davenport & Dubuque Rooms | Des Moines, IA

The agenda with links the recorded live-stream can be viewed here

The Board for International Food and Agriculture were pleased to hold a public meeting on Private Sector Engagement in Improving Nutrition was held from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm CDT on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 in the Davenport & Dubuque Rooms at the Des Moines Downtown Marriott in Iowa and via livestream. Dr. Mark Keenum, BIFAD Chair, presided over the meeting. 

The objectives of the meeting were to explore opportunities and challenges for private sector engagement and market system linkages across the food system to advance nutrition outcomes. The meeting  examined 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 addressed 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 to support and incentivize that business case. 

The meeting also included the announcement of the winners of the BIFAD Prize for Scientific Excellence. The first award went to Senior Researcher Dr. Hillary Egna and her research team from the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Aquaculture & Fisheries, led by Oregon State University. This team includes six other prominent scientists from the U.S., Vietnam, Kenya, the Philippines,  and Bangladesh. The AquaFish Innovation Lab team has focused on finding low-cost alternatives to fishmeal as a protein source in aquaculture diets for both small-scale and medium-scale farmers. The second award for graduate student research was given to Mr. Mohammad Mokhlesur Rahman, a PhD candidate in genetics at Kansas State University. The award recognized Mr. Rahman for his pivotal role in establishing Bangladesh’s largest wheat testing nursery, where over 1,800 candidate lines have been tested. This has helped identify promising heat-tolerant varieties for the country’s wheat farmers.

The meeting also included an update by Dr. Joseph Glauber, Senior Research Fellow for the International Food Policy Research Institute on a BIFAD-commissioned study on the U.S. benefits and capabilities leveraged of USAID investments in developing country agriculture and food security.  After an introduction by Dr. Rob Bertram, Chief Scientist, USAID Bureau for Food Security, 2018 Food Prize Laureate Dr. Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) gave a keynote address, followed by framing remarks on diet transformations by Dr. William Masters, Professor of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

Two panels that expanded upon the topic followed. The first panel, moderated by Beth Mitcham, Director of the Horticulture Innovation Lab at UC Davis, addressed aspects of the enabling environment that can help accelerate private sector engagement in nutrition, including the role of market infrastructure, research and development, and enabling trade policy. Panelists included Richard Tracy, Vice President for International Programs at the Global Cold Chain Alliance; Betty Bugusu, Managing Director for the International Food Technology Center & Director of the Food Processing and Post-Harvest Handling Innovation Lab at Purdue University, and, via teleconference from Kenya, Gladys Mugambi, the Advocacy, Communication, and Social Mobilization Officer for the Kenya Ministry of Health. The second panel, moderated by Heather Danton, Director for the USAID Advancing Nutrition at JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., examined key drivers of private sector engagement to improve diet quality, including aspects of labeling, marketing, standards, and accountability systems. Panelists included Godfrey Bahiigwa, Director of Rural Economy and Agriculture with the African Union Commission; David Dayhoff, Vice President of Programs and Operations at Partners in Food Solutions; Karin Lapping, Director of the Alive and Thrive Program at FHI 360; and Jean Pankuku, Group Food Technologist at Universal Industries Limited.

A public comment period was held from 11:45am-12:10 pm CDT.

177th BIFAD Joint Innovation Labs Meeting on the Feed the Future Learning Agenda


September 12, 2018 | National Press Club, Murrow/White/Lisagor Room | Washington, DC

The agenda with the recorded live-stream for each session can be viewed here.

As part of Feed the Future Week 2018, a public meeting on the new Feed the Future Learning Agenda was held from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm EDT on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, in Washington, DC and via livestream. Participants were asked to review and provide feedback on the draft Feed the Future Learning Agenda and Learning Agenda questions presented by USAID expert panelists (see below). This updated Feed the Future Learning Agenda focused on eight areas: (1) Nutrition (2) Water and Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), (3) Gender and women’s empowerment, (4) Youth, (5) Risk and resilience, (6) Market systems  (7) Policy systems, and (8) Scaling technologies and practices.  Analytical outputs from the work in these areas will feed into answering Learning Agenda questions. During this Meeting, BIFAD took this opportunity to welcome public input on these focus areas, the types of questions to be examined, and research underway that might help contribute. 

The meeting  also included 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). 

The meeting was chaired by Dr. Mark Keenum, BIFAD Chairperson and President of Mississippi State University and featured updates on the U.S. Benefits Study, Commissioned by BIFAD and headed by the International Food Policy Research Institute's Dr. Joseph Glauber, as well as from USAID's Bureau for Food Security Chief Scientist, Dr. Rob Bertram, who outlined and introduced the Learning Agenda Framework. Presenters on the Learning Agenda Focus Areas included Julie MacCartee, Knowledge Management & Learning Advisor, Bureau for Food Security, USAID; Stéphanie Maurissen, Senior Project Design Fellow- Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Advisor, Bureau for Food Security, USAID; Farzana Ramzan, Monitoring, Evaluation, & Learning Advisor, Bureau for Food Security, USAID; Susan Pologruto, Senior Democracy Advisor, Bureau for Food Security, USAID; Jami Montgomery, Resilience Advisor, Center for Resilience, USAID; Tatiana Pulido, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Advisor, Bureau for Food Security, USAID; James Oehmke, Senior Food Security & Nutrition Advisor, Bureau for Food Security, USAID; Jessica Bagdonis, Human & Institutional Capacity Development Advisor, Bureau for Food Security, USAID. 

176th BIFAD Meeting on the US Benefits Study 


August 8, 2018 | Wardman Park Marriott, Madison A/B Rooms | Washington, DC

The agenda with the recorded live-stream for each session can be viewed here.

Minutes from the meeting can be accessed here. 

The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) and USAID was pleased to invite Agricultural & Applied Economics Association members and other interested individuals 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 (see list below) 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, as well as 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 held in Washington, DC on August 8th, 2018. Participants joined in person and via live-stream. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Mark Keenum, BIFAD Chairperson 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 Farm Journal Foundation, John Newton, Executive Director of the American Farm Bureau Federation, George Norton, Professor within the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech, Melinda Smale, Professor within the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University, Keith Fuglie, Economist within the Resource and Rural Economics Division, Economic Research Service, at the USDA, and Carl Pray, Professor within the Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics Department at Rutgers University.

175th BIFAD Meeting on Resilience Measurement and Analysis


May 9, 2018 | Ronald Reagan Building, Rotunda Room | Washington, DC

The agenda with the recorded live-stream for each session can be viewed here. Please click the blue hyperlinks to listen to each session.

The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) and USAID was pleased to invite global development practitioners and researchers to participate in a discussion on resilience measurement and analysis. 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.

The meeting was held in Washington, DC on May 9, 2018. Participants joined in person and via live-stream. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Mark Keenum, BIFAD Chairperson and President of Mississippi State University. The meeting featured thought leaders on resilience measurement and analysis from USAID, academia and the practitioner community. Speakers included Dr. Greg Collins, Director of USAID’s Center for Resilience and Dr. Mark Constas, Associate Professor at Cornell University, and Chair of the Food and Nutrition Security Resilience Measurement Technical Working Group.

174th BIFAD Meeting on Building an Evidence Base on Rural Youth Employment and Livelihoods


May 8, 2018 | Ronald Reagan Building, Rotunda Room | Washington, DC

The agenda with the recorded live-stream for each session can be viewed here. Please click the blue hyperlinks to listen to each session.

The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) was pleased to invite the food and agricultural research community, global development practitioners and donors, and U.S. Government interagency partners to participate in a discussion on the evidence base on rural youth employment and livelihoods. The meeting was held in Washington, DC on May 8, 2018. Participants also joined via livestream.

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.

BIFAD Sponsored Event on Resilience Held in Association with the World Food Prize


October 17, 2017 | Des Moines Marriott Hotel Downtown | Des Moines, Iowa

The agenda with the recorded live-stream for each session can be viewed here. Please click the blue hyperlinks to listen to each session. 

The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD), an advisory committee to the US Agency for International Development, held its World Food Prize side event on October 17 2017. The meeting, entitled Building an Evidence Base for Resilience Programming under the USG Global Food Security Strategy: Bridging the Gap Between Humanitarian and Development Assistance, included the awarding 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. 

173rd BIFAD Public Meeting


September 12, 2017 | National Press Club | Washington, DC

The agenda with the recorded live-stream for each session can be viewed here. Please click the blue hyperlinks to listen to each session. 

The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) held its public meeting, The U.S. Government's Global Food Security Research Strategy: From Upstream Research to Development Impact, on September 12, 2017 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm EDT in Washington, DC.  The purpose of the meeting was to launch the new U.S. Government's Global Food Security Research Strategy and to highlight U.S. Government, university, international agricultural research center, and private sector collaboration and synergy on research to end global hunger.   

172nd BIFAD Public Meeting


October 12, 2016 | World Food Prize | Des Moines, IA

The session will feature 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 is 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 agenda can be found here. 

171st BIFAD Public Meeting


May 20, 2016 | North Carolina A&T University | Greensboro, NC

The theme of this meeting is "Collaboration:  Leadership, Innovation and Sustainable Technology to Meet the Demands of Global Agriculture." 

The agenda can be found here

170th BIFAD Public Meeting


March 10, 2016 | National Press Club | Washington, DC

The theme of this meeting was "University and CGIAR Engagement in International Agricultural Research". The full agenda with links to videos of the Board, the panels, and farewell to former BIFAD Director Susan Owens can be found here

169th BIFAD Public Meeting


October 20 - 21, 2015 | Purdue University | West Lafayette, IN

The agenda can be found here

168th BIFAD Public Meeting


April 10th, 2015 | Montana State University | Bozeman, MT

The agenda for this meeting can be found here.

Special Session: BIFAD Side Event at World Food Prize


October 14, 2015 | Des Moines Marriot | Des Moines, Iowa

BIFAD hosted a panel on the impacts of nutrition in the developing world. The agenda can be found here.

167th BIFAD Meeting


October 14, 2014 | Des Moines Marriot | Des Moines, Iowa

The theme of the BIFAD Public meeting was "Feeding the World in 2050: Agricultural Research Capacity and Youth Engagement." In addition to the Public Meeting, BIFAD, along with USAID and APLU, held a dialogue on human and institutional capacity development on October 15.

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166th BIFAD Meeting


January 30, 2014 | Washington D.C.

This meeting replaced the October 15, 2013, meeting at the World Food Prize that had to be cancelled due to the government shutdown.

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165th BIFAD Meeting


 March 15, 2013 | University Of Missouri | Columbia, Missouri

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164th BIFAD Meeting


October 16, 2012 | Des Moines Marriot | Des Moines, Iowa

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163rd BIFAD Meeting


April 13, 2012 | National Press Club | Washington, DC

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162nd BIFAD Meeting


October 11, 2011 | Des Moines Marriot | Des Moines, Iowa

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161st BIFAD Meeting


June 24, 2011 | National Press Club | Washington, DC

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