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.


  • 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.