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.


  • USAID senior adviser, AFRE alumnus Fenton Sands to present seminars Jan. 27

    USAID/Ghana Senior Food Security Officer Fenton Sands – a Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics alumnus of Michigan State University (PhD, 1984) – will present campus seminars Wednesday, Jan. 27, on his grad school experience and policy reform development in Ghana.

  • White House Champion of Change to Discuss Gender Responsiveness and Its Role in African Agriculture

    Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, director of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) and a 2012 White House Champion of Change honoree, will discuss “Gender Responsiveness as Key to Unlocking Africa’s Agricultural Potential” from 1:30-3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, in Room 201 of the International Center.

  • BHEARD requests applications for institutional capacity development with Makerere University

    The Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) program is pleased to share information with your universities on a new development in our activities.  In addition to the degree training of master’s and doctoral students from the 11 participating countries, we are also initiating the first of our Institutional Capacity Development (ICD) programs. With funding provided by USAID/Uganda, we are now soliciting applications for an innovative Institutional Capacity Development (ICD) program with Makerere University’s Department of Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics (DANRE). Here is an updated list (as of 2.216) of some common questions (with answers).

  • Liberia Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Opportunities

    USAID has announced several new scholarship opportunities in the field of Veterinary Medicine, leading to the degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM). Training will take place in an accredited university in Africa, and the student’s academic research project will be conducted in Liberia. BHEARD scholarships will cover all costs related to this degree. The deadline to apply is Jan. 11, 2016.

  • Quartet of scholars pursue Dr. Norman Borlaug’s legacy at University of Georgia

    This fall four agricultural scientists from Africa and Asia are taking up the mantle of Dr. Norman Borlaug and continuing his work as part of the Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) program at the University of Georgia.

  • World Food Prize Reflections (Part III): I will do my part, whatever it takes

    BHEARD scholar Regina Enninful, a second-year Ph.D. candidate at Kansas State University, actively participated in last month’s World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, and was inspired by the people she met and the conversations she shared – all in the name of reducing world hunger.