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  • Scientific communication training held in Kenya

    Posted on October 23, 2017 11:53am

    Through funding from USAID, BHEARD and the Africa-based Training Centre in Communication organized a four-day workshop on scientific communication and publishing skills in Kenya.

  • Uganda university partners with Kansas State on capacity enhancement project

    Posted on October 23, 2017 11:33am

    Makerere University’s Department of Agribusiness and Natural Resource Economics in Uganda has partnered with Kansas State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics on a capacity enhancement project.

  • Bell peppers can boost vegetable production in Bangladesh

    Bell peppers can boost vegetable production in Bangladesh

    Posted on October 18, 2017 8:46am

    BHEARD scholar Mohammad Yamin Kabir thinks bell pepper would make an excellent addition to the Bangladeshi diet.

  • Malawian students ready to make a difference back home

    Malawian students ready to make a difference back home

    Posted on October 12, 2017 2:42pm

    Malawi’s first cohort of BHEARD scholars has returned home after studying at South Africa’s University of Pretoria since January 2015.

  • Rwandan scholar studies mycotoxins in animal feed

    Rwandan scholar studies mycotoxins in animal feed

    Posted on October 5, 2017 11:37am

    In tropical countries like Rwanda, mycotoxins are not well known or understood, which puts people at risk if they consume contaminated crops. 

  • BHEARD scholar sheds light on papaya viruses in Bangladesh

    BHEARD scholar sheds light on papaya viruses in Bangladesh

    Posted on October 4, 2017 3:48pm

    Papaya is a crucial horticultural crop in Bangladesh, grown by both large commercial farmers and small subsistence farmers.

  • Malawian scholar wants greater access to education

    Malawian scholar wants greater access to education

    Posted on September 20, 2017 1:43pm

    In Malawi, access to education remains a challenge. Potential students at every level are hindered by factors like inadequate financing and a lack of information.

  • Replacing rainfall with irrigation technology in Mali

    Replacing rainfall with irrigation technology in Mali

    Posted on September 11, 2017 3:57pm

    The majority of Mali’s households depend on rain to help them grow food crops. This is a problem, however, since inconsistent rainfall and drought can limit production. 

  • Scholar works to improve soil fertility in Ghana

    Scholar works to improve soil fertility in Ghana

    Posted on September 5, 2017 9:20am

    Declining soil fertility, and the resultant threat to food security, is a major problem in Africa. Edward Martey is studying ways to tackle the problem in his home country of Ghana.

  • Seeking creative ways to boost soybean consumption in Mozambique

    Seeking creative ways to boost soybean consumption in Mozambique

    Posted on August 30, 2017 9:06am

    Despite the crop’s high nutritional value, the Mozambican food industry is just starting to apply soybeans toward human consumption.

  • On a mission to improve quality of life in rural Mali

    On a mission to improve quality of life in rural Mali

    Posted on August 30, 2017 8:40am

    A BHEARD scholar wants to help rural women empower themselves, and hopes her research results can influence future policy interventions in Mali.

  • Scholar studies solid waste management in South Sudan

    Scholar studies solid waste management in South Sudan

    Posted on August 23, 2017 10:16am

    South Sudan, like other developing countries, has a problem collecting solid waste. That is: one-third to two-thirds of the solid waste generated is not collected.

  • BHEARD scholars study ways to help Liberia’s inland fisheries

    BHEARD scholars study ways to help Liberia’s inland fisheries

    Posted on August 7, 2017 2:15pm

    The combination of training agricultural scholars and working with their home institutions on capacity development projects is a unique feature of the BHEARD program.

  • BHEARD scholar studies bovine mastitis in Rwanda dairy cows

    BHEARD scholar studies bovine mastitis in Rwanda dairy cows

    Posted on July 28, 2017 8:23am

    Bovine mastitis, the inflammation of a cow’s udder, is a costly disease for the dairy industry worldwide. It lowers milk yields and quality and leads to veterinary interventions and occasional cow deaths.

  • Solving the problem of childhood stunting in Ghana

    Solving the problem of childhood stunting in Ghana

    Posted on July 27, 2017 2:18pm

    Childhood stunting, a condition where children are too short in stature for their age, typically becomes permanent once established.

  • BHEARD scholar breeds better peanuts for Ghanaian farmers

    BHEARD scholar breeds better peanuts for Ghanaian farmers

    Posted on July 20, 2017 1:57pm

    Leaf spot is a major disease of peanut. When it strikes peanut-producing areas of the world, including Ghana, it can cause yield losses of up to 80%.

  • Measuring teachers’ impact on child nutrition in Uganda

    Measuring teachers’ impact on child nutrition in Uganda

    Posted on July 18, 2017 3:02pm

    Malnutrition in school-age children undermines national education efforts in Uganda. 

  • Webinar and teleconference: Global Data and Mapping to Understand Food Insecurity

    Posted on July 17, 2017 11:02am

    Join the World-Wide Human Geography Data Working Group July 19 for an in-depth and revealing investigation on data associated with crop identification, food insecurity and the potential for famine. 

  • BHEARD scholarship opportunities for South Sudan

    Posted on July 14, 2017 1:39pm

    The scholarships will support master’s study at regional universities in Africa. Training programs will cover up to two years of courses and research. 

  • Pigeon pea, white yam might make perfect crop combination in Ghana

    Pigeon pea, white yam might make perfect crop combination in Ghana

    Posted on July 13, 2017 10:38am

    White yam is a profitable crop for Ghana’s smallholder farmers, but poses two big problems: the plants need to be staked, which eats up about a third of production costs; and yams pull many nutrients out of the soil, forcing farmers to constantly search for new land and often clear forests in search of fertile ground.

  • BHEARD scholar studies sorghum in South Sudan

    BHEARD scholar studies sorghum in South Sudan

    Posted on July 3, 2017 9:38am

    Sorghum is a popular cereal crop in South Sudan because of its tolerance to high temperatures and scant moisture. However, the country’s farmers have experienced poor yields and crop failures in recent years due to the shrinking length of the growing season.

  • BHEARD student reflects on U.S. Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security

    BHEARD student reflects on U.S. Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security

    Posted on June 29, 2017 9:52am

    Cheryl Williams, a BHEARD student from Liberia, shared her thoughts about the Borlaug Summer Institute and what she learned there.

  • Malian farmers access more information with mobile phones

    Malian farmers access more information with mobile phones

    Posted on June 28, 2017 3:20pm

    Mobile phones can be extremely effective at disseminating information about agricultural inputs. But getting farmers in developing countries to adopt mobile phones is often a matter of perception.

  • BHEARD scholar studies Liberian fish populations

    BHEARD scholar studies Liberian fish populations

    Posted on June 19, 2017 2:02pm

    Sustainably managing fish populations is vital to the Liberian fisheries industry, but a lack of resources, funding and data make that a difficult job.

  • The Pest and the Quest for an Aromatic, Smooth-Tasting Cup of Brew

    The Pest and the Quest for an Aromatic, Smooth-Tasting Cup of Brew

    Posted on June 14, 2017 8:35am

    Joseph Bigirimana, a Rwandan, is conducting research in his home country in order to improve techniques to manage the Antestia bug and to identify the factors that are responsible for potato taste defect in coffee.

  • Oil and water shouldn’t mix in South Sudan

    Oil and water shouldn’t mix in South Sudan

    Posted on June 13, 2017 11:02am

    BHEARD’s Flora Lado wants to remove the excess water from South Sudan’s oil industry and redirect it toward agricultural uses.

  • BHEARD trains those who will help feed future generations

    BHEARD trains those who will help feed future generations

    Posted on June 1, 2017 8:02am

    BHEARD student Susan Otieno was featured in an MSU Today story about her visit to last year’s World Food Prize in Iowa.

  • U.S. BHEARD Scholar Conference links science with policy

    U.S. BHEARD Scholar Conference links science with policy

    Posted on May 31, 2017 8:56am

    More than three dozen scholars from seven countries gathered in Washington, D.C., May 7-13 to attend the U.S. BHEARD Scholar Conference. The theme of the conference was linking science with policy.

  • BHEARD Webinar: How to Prepare a Successful Graduate Research Presentation

    BHEARD Webinar: How to Prepare a Successful Graduate Research Presentation

    Posted on December 21, 2016 3:30pm

    Dr. Jenifer Fenton of Michigan State University’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition discusses the finer points of graduate student research presentations and how best to prepare material.

  • BHEARD Webinar: How to Produce Successful Poster Content

    BHEARD Webinar: How to Produce Successful Poster Content

    Posted on December 21, 2016 2:43pm

    Dr. Jenifer Fenton of the Michigan State University Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition provides an in-depth look at poster content from concept to finished product, and how scholars can best present their research in a visually attractive and informative format.

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

    Direct engagement spurs active learning at technician training workshop in Ghana

    Posted on November 17, 2016 10:42am

    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

    Ghana welcomes BHEARD Mali to Accra

    Posted on November 16, 2016 10:52am

    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)

    World Food Prize 2016 - Reflections (Part III)

    Posted on October 28, 2016 2:00pm

    “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)

    World Food Prize 2016 - Reflections (Part II)

    Posted on October 27, 2016 3:26pm

    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)

    World Food Prize 2016 - Reflections (Part I)

    Posted on October 18, 2016 4:40pm

    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

    Webinar for U.S Advisors of BHEARD students

    Posted on September 16, 2016 10:17am

    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.

  • Roundtable reflections: Youth will play key role in future of food security

    Roundtable reflections: Youth will play key role in future of food security

    Posted on June 3, 2016 9:18am

    Feed the Future recently convened a series of roundtables to explore emerging issues such as urbanization, youth and employment, and financing for food security efforts. These roundtables gathered a diverse set of expert participants—including BHEARD scholar Princess Adjei-Frimpong—for focused, small-group discussions about a potential path forward for a sustainable global food system.

  • Special recognition for a lifelong contributor to international education

    Special recognition for a lifelong contributor to international education

    Posted on April 1, 2016 4:17pm

    Anne Schneller’s lifelong commitment to scholars and their programs in higher education has contributed greatly to the success of international study at Michigan State University.

  • Borlaug LEAP Fellow focuses on nutritional security, hunger eradication

    Borlaug LEAP Fellow focuses on nutritional security, hunger eradication

    Posted on March 24, 2016 10:31am

    Emmanuel Kyereh, currently studying food science at Louisiana State University, has been selected as a Fellow for the Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (LEAP). According to his award letter, Emmanuel’s research “has potential to make an impact in developing countries and honor Dr. Borlaug’s achievements.”

  • Support for refugees starts with  sharing of community resources

    Support for refugees starts with sharing of community resources

    Posted on February 18, 2016 3:03pm

    Cyrus Kimani, a first-year Ph.D. scholar studying in the Applied Plant Sciences department at the University of Minnesota, recently contributed to a first-place team finish at the 2016 U of M Global Health Case Competition.

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

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

    Posted on November 5, 2015 5:16pm

    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.

  • World Food Prize Reflections (Part II): Engaging, Inspiring, Humbling

    World Food Prize Reflections (Part II): Engaging, Inspiring, Humbling

    Posted on October 30, 2015 9:14am

    Taking part in the recent World Food Prize celebration alonside leaders in the field of agriculture and human nutrition was an experience that a dozen BHEARD scholars won’t soon forget. 

  • Reflections on the World Food Prize (Part I): No contribution is too small

    Reflections on the World Food Prize (Part I): No contribution is too small

    Posted on October 27, 2015 1:25pm

    Twelve BHEARD scholars traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, on Oct. 13-15 for the World Food Prize symposium. The spirit of Dr. Norman Borlaug inspired each of them to share their thoughts on how best to end world hunger.

  • ‘My dream is to help solve the problems of food insecurity’

    ‘My dream is to help solve the problems of food insecurity’

    Posted on October 9, 2015 2:19pm

    BHEARD doctoral fellow Clement Kubuga has witnessed the struggles of peasant farmers in his native Ghana.  As he works toward his Ph.D. in human nutrition at Michigan State, Kubuga’s goal is to eradicate hunger not only in his hometown and country but across the globe.

  • My journey to America: What it means to be a BHEARD scholar

    My journey to America: What it means to be a BHEARD scholar

    Posted on September 29, 2015 3:48pm

    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.

  • Watch webinar with BHEARD Co-Director Frederik Derksen; review Q&A discussion

    Watch webinar with BHEARD Co-Director Frederik Derksen; review Q&A discussion

    Posted on September 15, 2015 11:26am

    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 pathology conference opens world of new ideas for BHEARD scholar

    Posted on September 2, 2015 3:48pm

    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.

     

  • Ghanaian research leader emphasizes need for human capacity, improved communication

    Posted on August 27, 2015 1:48pm

    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.

  • Telling a Better Research Story

    Telling a Better Research Story

    Posted on April 8, 2015 10:01am

    Michigan State University’s Princess Adjei-Frimpong, a BHEARD scholar from Ghana participated in the “Telling a Better Research Story” workshop and has had a video produced telling her story.

  • Mobile Phone Technology Uganda

    Posted on February 24, 2014 4:28pm

    MOBILE PHONE TECHNOLOGY COMBATS AGRICULTURAL CHALLENGES IN 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.