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180th Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) Public Meeting

Oct 15, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:20 PM

Salons A-C | Des Moines Downtown Marriott

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The agenda can be found here.

Click here to view the livestream on October 15th. 

Agriculture and Food Security in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Contexts
8:30am-12:30pm

The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development is a seven-member, presidentially appointed advisory board to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) established in 1975 under Title XII of the Foreign Assistance Act, as amended.  The provisions of Title XII mandate that USAID bring the assets of U.S. universities to bear on development challenges in agriculture and food security. At the request of USAID Administrator Mark Green, BIFAD is examining issues around agriculture and food security in fragile and conflict-affected contexts, including issues around displacement and its effects on food systems.

The event will specifically address the following questions: What is the state of knowledge on the relationship between conflict, fragility and food systems? What are the implications of this relationship for food security? How can food security and agricultural investments be most effective in preventing conflict or accelerating recovery in post-conflict settings? What are the unique needs of affected populations?

BIFAD 2019 Award Announcement and Launch of BIFAD Study: How the U.S. Benefits From Agricultural Investments in Developing Countries
2:30pm-4:20pm

The Board will be presenting a commissioned study on "How the United States Benefits from Agricultural and Food Security Investments in Developing Countries." The session will include overviews of key findings and presentations from the study’s authors.

Also in this session, the Board will be honoring the 2019 winners of the BIFAD Award for Scientific Excellence in a Feed the Future Innovation Lab.

Location

Salons A-C Des Moines Downtown Marriott 700 Grand Ave Des Moines, IA 50309 USA

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