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.


  • Direct engagement spurs active learning at technician training workshop in Ghana

    All participants at KNUST (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology) reported that the active style of teaching was new and quite exciting to them, and that they felt they had mastered the content through direct engagement.

  • Ghana welcomes BHEARD Mali to Accra

    The BHEARD philosophy of holistic personal and professional development took center stage in August when Ghana in-country coordinator Saviour Badohu gave Malian scholars a warm welcome to his country and provided some critical soft skills training.

  • World Food Prize 2016 - Reflections (Part III)

    “I was surrounded by knowledge: international leaders, policymakers and farmers; executives from agribusiness and non-governmental organizations as well as scientific, academic and development experts who addressed the most critical issues facing global food security.” (Irene Kargbo/Ohio State University)

  • World Food Prize 2016 - Reflections (Part II)

    The World Food Prize experience has made Liberia native Cheryl Williams more determined than ever to continue working with youth and women in agriculture and to advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment in the sector. 

  • World Food Prize 2016 - Reflections (Part I)

    Marie Fausta Dutuze, second-year Ph.D. candidate studying animal and livestock science at Louisiana State University, was one of 12 BHEARD scholars who recently attended the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa. “Attending World Food Prize 2016 was among the most inspiring experiences I have ever had!,” she said. “I felt incredibly honored and fascinated to spend the week by meeting people with outstanding achievements in contributing to food security all over the world.”

  • Webinar for U.S Advisors of BHEARD students

    Presentation by Dr. Frederik Derksen, co-director of the Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development program (BHEARD), covers several key areas for student success.