Feed the Future Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development Program

Development (BHEARD) Program - Honoring the legacy of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug, this major new effort is focused on increasing the number of agricultural scientists and strengthening scientific institutions in developing countries. The program is supporting long-term training of agricultural researchers at the master’s and doctoral levels and is linking scientific and higher education communities in Feed the Future countries and the United States. The program will launched in Ghana, Uganda, Mali, Mozambique, and Bangladesh and is expanding to other Feed the Future countries.

The design of training programs is grounded in a strategic planning process facilitated in targeted research institutions. The BHEARD program focuses on training a cadre of BHEARD Fellows at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels, which is indispensable for creating scientific capacity. However, the BHEARD program allows for a broader set of human and institutional capacity-building, particularly if additional USAID mission or leveraged funds can be mobilized. The BHEARD program is also supporting the development, testing and evaluation of new models of capacity development. APLU is developing a knowledge-sharing system to identify innovative and effective mechanisms for human and institutional capacity development, and to promote shared learning across programs.