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, 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 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.
Students at Lousiana State University have a little over one month of the new academic year under their belts. And for seven international graduate students, it is the beginning of a long process – earning their doctorates, then returning home with hopes of sparking much-needed change in farming practices and policies.
Rwanda has been selected as one of 11 countries for the fourth cohort of BHEARD Fellows. The scholarships will support study in the United States or other selected countries, beginning in August 2016 or January 2017.
Irene Sepeya Kargbo left Liberia in mid-August with mixed emotions about her three-year academic commitment. But she knows her ultimate goal will help her family and her home country attain a better standard of living.
Michigan State University co-director Frederik Derksen led a 60-minute webinar this month for U.S. advisors of BHEARD students that covered a range of topics including funding, training timelines, the research proposal and budget process, early steps for student success and more.
Plant health scientists from around the world descended upon Pasadena, Calif., during the first week in August at the annual meeting of the American Phytopathological Society.
The scientific program included more than 300 oral presentations and more than 800 posters featuring the latest scientific research, including one from BHEARD scholar Md. Mynul Islam, a doctoral candidate studying plant pathology at Ohio State University.
African agricultural scientist Dr. RoseEmma Mamaa Entsua-Mensah spoke to a group of BHEARD students about the importance of human capacity building and the need for innovative forms of information dissemination.