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 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.
The program will launch in Ghana, Uganda, Mali, Mozambique, and Bangladesh with potential to expand to other Feed the Future countries. The design of training programs will be grounded in a strategic planning process facilitated in targeted research institutions. The BHEARD program will focus on training a cadre of BHEARD Fellows at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels, which is indispensable for creating scientific capacity. However, the BHEARD program allows for a broader set of human and institutional capacity-building, particularly if additional USAID mission or leveraged funds can be mobilized.
The BHEARD program will also support the development, testing and evaluation of new models of capacity development. APLU will develop a knowledge-sharing system to identify innovative and effective mechanisms for human and institutional capacity development, and to promote shared learning across programs.
February 2013 - July 2014: Strategic planning, training design, preparatory work
August 2014 - May 2016:
June 2016 - August 2016:
August 2016 - August 2017:
August 2017 - August 2018:
The BHEARD program will be implemented by MSU in close partnership with USAID/BFS, USAID missions, APLU, and CIMMYT. Within that general collaborative framework, a given institution will take lead responsibility for implementing each activity, in close consultation with the other partners, as follows:
BHEARD is designed to be responsive to Mission needs. Missions may buy-into BHEARD through the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Fund grant BFS-G-11-00002. The World Bank, acting as Trustee, administers this Multi-Donor Trust Fund. Michigan State University implements BHEARD under a sub-agreement from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). Funds may be transferred through the Field Support Database. The CGIAR Fund is considered a program contribution to a Public International Organization (PIO) (described further in ADS 308 http://www.usaid.gov/policy/ads/300/308.pdf; for more on program contributions, see ADS 308.3.10.2).
Eric Crawford, professor of agricultural, food, and resource economics and co-director of MSU's Food Security Group, will lead the effort with Frederik Derksen, chair of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at MSU. Other PIs include Perry Ng (Deputy Project Director), Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition; David Douches, Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences; and Mywish Maredia, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics. The BHEARD program manager is Anne Schneller. Key USAID/BFS personnel are Eric Witte (AOR) and Clara Cohen (Activity Manager).
Missions may contact the BHEARD program through Eric Crawford (email@example.com) or Anne Schneller (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Michigan State University and Clara Cohen in the Bureau for Food Security (email@example.com).