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Past Meetings:

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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