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Committee NameBoard for International Food and Agricultural DevelopmentAgency NameAgency for International Development
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number1053
Original Establishment Date1/1/1975Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*Yes
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*7
Current Charter Date2/28/2017Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Executive Director and Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter2/28/2019Designated Federal Officer PrefixDr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Clara
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameK.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Cohen
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Section 298, Title XII, Chapter 2 of Part 1 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended.Designated Federal Officer Phone*202-712-0119
Effective Date Of Authority*12/20/1975Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-216-3010
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The committee (BIFAD) assists USAID in the administration of programs authorized by Title XII. More specifically, this includes participating in the planning, development and implementation of, initiating recommendations for, and monitoring of the Section 297 program components of Title XII through U.S. public universities and their public/private partners. Title XII Section 297 activities support agricultural development in developing countries by: 1) building institutional capacity and human resource skills, 2)providing long-term U.S. university program support for global collaborative research and learning, 3) involving U.S. universities more fully in the international network of agricultural science, and 4) providing program support for international agricultural research centers, special research problems and national research systems. The BIFAD members focus on higher level strategic oriented issues and the BIFAD subordinate units focus on operational planning and implementation issues. All BIFAD activities are coordinated through the BIFAD secretariat located in the Bureau for Food Security. To facilitate BIFAD's access to U.S. public university and college expertise, the BIFAD secretariat collaborates closely with the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The BIFAD Secretariat draws upon other U.S. agency expertise as appropriate. Committee reports submitted to the USAID Administrator have been reviewed and acted upon by the Bureau for Food Security and other relevant bureaus as appropriate.
How is membership balanced?*The membership is drawn from US public universities,US agro-industry and non-profit organizations concerned with international agricultural development.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*There are two or three public meetings a year to exchange information, to advise the Agency of developments in the academic and private sectors, and to respond to issues raised by the Agency.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*BIFAD is legislatively mandated to provide USAID a unique point of access and strategic cooperation with U.S. state and local public universities and colleges that are implementing their own international agricultural development programs based on domestic regional, state and local security and economic prosperity imperatives. BIFAD coordination not only provides USAID systematic access to the top level scientific, technical and institutional expertise to address critical international food, climate and agriculture developments but it also enables USAID to lead a truly whole of U.S. government response to global food security by enlisting the support of not only our federal government partners but our state and local governemnts partners as well.
Why close or partially close meetings?There are no closed meetings. However, BIFAD does hold administrative meetings in conjunction with its regular meetings for planning purposes or to gather information. BIFAD also holds periodic teleconferences in between its public meetings as appropriate to update members on BIFAD secretariat activities and to plan upcoming meetings.
Recommendation RemarksIn FY18 BIFAD held the following meetings:
•Side event at the World Food Prize October 17 2017 Building an Evidence Base for Resilience Programming under the USG Global Food Security Strategy: Bridging the Gap Between Humanitarian and Development Assistance. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss state-of-the-art approaches to resilience measurement, as well as what the evidence tells us about sources of resilience that enable households and communities to maintain their food security in the face of recurrent shocks such as drought
and—more broadly—to sustainably escape and remain out of poverty in the face of complex risks.
•A May 8 2018 public meeting on Building an Evidence Base on Rural Youth Employment and Livelihoods. The meeting purpose was to develop a shared understanding of rural labor markets and youth-specific constraints, discuss the evidence base on programs that aim to improve rural youth employment and livelihoods, outline cross-sectoral opportunities to support and empower youth to take advantage of agricultural system market opportunities, and identify knowledge gaps on which U.S. university and other research partners can generate evidence to address.
•A May 9 2018 public meeting in Washington DC on Resilience Measurement and Analysis. The meeting purpose was to share knowledge about theoretical and applied frameworks for resilience measurement and analysis and to identify opportunities to leverage U.S. university research capabilities to support resilience measurement and analysis. This event responded to priorities identified during the BIFAD meeting at the 2017 World Food Prize and the 2017 USAID Resilience Evidence Summit.
•An August 8 2018 public meeting US Benefits and Capabilities Leveraged from Strategic USAID Investments in Developing Country Agriculture and Food Security. A new study commissioned by BIFAD will analyze US benefits and capabilities leveraged from strategic USAID investments in developing country agriculture and food security. A team led by Dr. Joe Glauber, International Food Policy Research Institute, will implement the study.The purpose of the meeting was to: (1) review and provide feedback on a draft conceptual framework characterizing the channels by which USAID food and agricultural development investments in developing countries affect the American economy; (2) identify the types and assess the quality of evidence available to estimate the importance of the channels; and (3) suggest other data sources for consideration in the study.
•A September 12 2018 public meeting to launch the Feed the Future Learning Agenda. Through the Learning Agenda, the U.S. Government seeks to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Feed the Future initiative by generating, synthesizing, communicating and applying evidence related to key questions. Evidence from the Learning Agenda will inform the design of Feed the Future-related strategies, programs, projects and activities. The Learning Agenda will also serve to address requirements laid out in section 8(a)(14) of the Global Food Security Act on sharing lessons learned from implementation of the Global Food Security Strategy. This Feed the Future Learning Agenda will focus on eight areas: (1) Gender and women’s empowerment, (2) Market systems, (3) Policy systems, (4) Nutrition, (5) Risk and resilience, (6) Youth, (7) Water and Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), and (8) Scaling technologies and practices. These areas reflect work and research being carried out under the Feed the Future initiative. Analytical outputs from the work in these areas will feed into the answering Learning Agenda questions. BIFAD is taking this opportunity to welcome public input on these focus areas, the types of questions to be examined, and research under way that might help contribute.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingYesAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsYes
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentBIFAD's FY 18 work plan included engagement to inform the operationalization of the Global Food Security Strategy, especially in the areas of nutrition, youth, and resilience; engagement to help identify opportunities to engage the private sector; engagement to launch a Learning Agenda for Feed the Future; and enhancing understanding of the US benefits of USAID developing country food and agriculture investments. BIFAD also focuses on concerns of US universities related to Title XII programs and priority setting in in Feed the Future programming for USAID consideration. Specific points of interest are collaborative research priorities and human and institutional capacity development issues.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNot ApplicableNumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentBIFAD does not review specific projects or agency initiatives whereby a cost-saving analysis would occur. BIFAD focuses its attention at the policy and strategic level as related to USAID's agricultural programs.Grants Review CommentNot applicable
Number Of Recommendations*14Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentBIFAD is a statutory committee and has been in place since 1975, so it is difficult to quantify the number of recommendations over the life of the committee. In FY14, BIFAD made 14 programmatic recommendations to USAID related human and institutional capacity development. BIFAD issued no formal recommendations in FY15, FY16, FY17, or FY18. We anticipate that the BIFAD will issue a memo to the Administrator by the end of CY18 with formal recommendations from several past meetings.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*57.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentRecommendations 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 13, and 14 from 2014 HICD report. OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentFeedback is provided via the public meetings, communications with the USAID Administrator, BIFAD executive office, to USAID staff as well as during preparatory work undertaken by the Board prior to the public meetings.Narrative Description*Title XII food and agricultural development programs implemented through U.S. public universities and colleges represent an important segment of the U.S. Feed the Future strategic food security programming. BIFAD provides recommendations on Title XII aspects of Feed the Future, specifically related to collaborative research and capacity development. BIFAD also coordinates more full and robust utilization of U.S. public university and colleges and their private/public partners to address agricultural development challenges facing the developing countries under Feed the Future.
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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-029325Strategic Partnership for Agriculture Research and Education (SPARE)2019


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