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Mizzou Hosts BIFAD Meeting

April 4, 2013

Not every University can say their Chancellor holds an appointment given by the President of the United States, but MU can. President Barack Obama appointed Chancellor Brady Deaton chair of BIFAD (The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development) in April of 2011. The goal of BIFAD is to develop solutions to worldwide food challenges.

In addition to Chancellor Deaton, who holds a doctorate in agricultural economics, the group includes professors from Purdue, Syracuse, Montana State-Bozeman, North Carolina A&T, and Georgetown. Additionally, the past president of Heifer International and the President of McVey and Associates LLC serve on the board.

In March, MU hosted a a panel of agricultural experts who discussed how the United States, and particularly its universities, can do more to promote food security in the developing world. Mizzou Advantage cooperated in the effort to welcome BIFAD to the University, setting up a poster session featuring research from Mizzou Advantage initiatives.

Story by Mizzou Weekly

The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) is a group of agricultural scholars appointed by President Barack Obama to develop solutions to worldwide food challenges and advise the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Obama named Chancellor Brady J. Deaton, who holds a doctorate in agricultural economics, as BIFAD chair in April 2011.

The group held a public meeting in the Fred Smith Forum of the Reynolds Journalism Institute. The theme was globalization of agriculture and food research.

During the meeting, presenters to the board challenged U.S. universities to think about how agricultural-research breakthroughs in the lab can more often make it to the farms and fields of the developing world. More…