Skip Navigation
Projects & Initiatives

167th BIFAD Public Meeting

Feeding the World in 2050:
Agricultural Research Capacity and Youth Engagement

October 14, 2014

Des Moines Marriott Downtown
Des Moines, IA

In addition to the Public Meeting, BIFAD, along with USAID and APLU, held a dialogue on human and institutional capacity development on October 15. Click here to view the agenda.

Public Meeting Minutes
Speaker Bios

Public Meeting Agenda:

12:30 pm Chair Brady Deaton opens meeting and reviews agenda

Welcome by BIFAD Chair Brady Deaton
Old and new business
Gebisa Ejeta, BIFAD Board Member, and Vic Lechtenberg, Purdue University - Report on BIFAD HICD study

12:45 pm BIFAD Member Outreach Reports

Chair Brady Deaton – Report on World Edible Legume Researcher Conference hosted by USAID Innovation Lab for Grain Legumes

1:00 pm Panel #1: Needs for agricultural research capacity in order to feed the world in 2050

Harold Martin, BIFAD Board Member

George Norton, Virginia Tech – Returns to Investment in Agricultural Research
Keith Fuglie, USDA-ERS – Total Factor Productivity Studies 

1:45 pm USAID Updates

Tjada McKenna, USAID/BFS Acting Assistant to the Administrator and Deputy Coordinator for Development, U.S. Feed the Future Initiative - Feed the Future Initiative
Richard Greene, USAID/BFS Sr. Deputy Assistant Administrator - USAID Nutrition Strategy 
Rob Bertram, USAID/BFS Chief Scientist - Feed the Future Research, Policy and Capacity Development

2:15 pm Question/Answer and Comment Period by BIFAD Members and public

2:30 pm Break

2:45 pm Welcome to the World Food Prize by Ambassador Kenneth Quinn

2:50 pm Panel #2: Youth Engagement in Food Security Efforts

Brady Deaton, BIFAD Chair

June Henton, Auburn University - Auburn University Hunger Initiative
Gary Burniske, Purdue University - Global Food Security Fellows Program 

3:15 pm Question/Answer and Comment Period by BIFAD Members

3:30 pm Innovation Lab Awards

Kelsey Barale, UC Davis- Agricultural Information Access in Guatemala
Rangaswamy Muniappan, Virginia Tech- IPM Innovation Lab 

4:00 pm Public comment period (in-person audience & submitted questions)

4:30 pm Closing Remarks & Adjourn


#BIFAD on Twitter