Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) Program

Welcome to the Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) Program.   The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico, has selected Michigan State University (MSU) to implement the Feed the Future Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) Program. Honoring the legacy of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug, this is a major new effort to increase the number of agricultural scientists and strengthen scientific institutions in developing countries. The program will support long-term training of agricultural researchers at the master’s and doctoral levels and will link scientific and higher education communities in Feed the Future countries and the United States.


  • Bangladesh Graduate Student Addresses Food Insecurity in Home Country Through Research at Ohio State

    Mohammad Ashraful Alam, a Ph.D. student in the School of Enviroment and Natural Resources at Ohio State University, is seeking to address serious agicultural and nutritional needs in his home country through this graduate research, thereby building the technical capacity of his home instititution and enhancing food security in Bangladesh. Alam’s research, which focuses on fish growth and development, will improve aquaculture knowledge not only here in the U.S. but also in his home country of Bangladesh.

  • The Guardian - Can dairy farming help solve the youth unemployment crisis in Malawi?

    The Guardian recently published an article about BHEARD scholar Bettie Kawonga who recently won a $150,000 prize for her idea to encourage underemployed young people to become dairy farmers. The prize was given by Howard B Buffet Foundation, Tony Blair’s Africa Governence Initiative, and the World Food Prize foundation and is intended support of 40 Chances Fellows to launch social enterprises that address hunger and poverty in Africa.

  • Feed The Future Global Forum

    The Feed the Future Global Forum was held May 19-21, 2014 in Washington, DC.  BHEARD scholar Md. Nahid Sattar was invited to participated on the panel “Feed the Future Forward: The Next Generation”.  The panel was for Up-and-coming leaders will discuss how they began working in food security and the emerging trends they see on the horizon. Panelists will share how technology, innovation and climate change are causing the food security landscape to evolve. The discussion will also focus on the role our future leaders will play in mobilizing their generation to address food security challenges.

  • Meet the Experts: Giving Youth a Leg Up in Malawi’s Dairy Sector

    Bettie Kawonga (Malawi) is one of the 2014 Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural and Development Program scholars attending the University of Kentucky.  Bettie was one of four winners of this year’s 40 Changes Fellowship at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa.  After completing her studies, Bettie will use her 40 Chances Award of $150,000 to establish a network of Community Business Incubation Centers in her home country. 

  • 100th Anniversary of Norman Borlaug’s Birth

    March 25, 2014 - Washington, D.C.

    A statue of Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dr. Normal Borlaug was installed at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on what would have been the great agricultural scientist’s 100th birthday. 

  • Mobile Phone Technology Uganda


     Minimal access to extension agents, illiteracy, and lack of information on best practices are only a few of the challenges that face many rural farmers in Uganda.  Daniel Ninsiima, of Makerere University’s Agricultural Research Institute, is trying to address some of these problems through the creative use of mobile phone technology.