International Board on Global Food Security to Convene at N.C. A&T

International Board on Global Food Security to Convene at N.C. A&T

Members of the presidentially appointed Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) will converge at North Carolina A&T State University, May 18-20.

The board comprised primarily of food policy advisers and specialists representing the academic community, will focus on the theme of “Collaboration: Leadership, Innovation and Sustainable Technology to Meet the Demands of Global Agriculture.”  

As the chief administrator of N.C. A&T, which was founded as an agricultural and mechanical school, Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. serves on the international board. A&T has a vested interest in the global impact of sustained agriculture and its systems. Through its Agricultural Research Program, the university’s School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (SAES) conducts organized research sponsored in part by the Department of Agriculture that impacts citizens around the world. SAES has extensive expertise in areas such as biotechnology, agricultural and biosystems engineering, natural resources management, waste management, and food microbiology. Land-grant institutions such as A&T play a critical role in agricultural development, domestically and abroad.  

BIFAD advises the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on agriculture and higher education issues pertinent to food insecurity in developing countries.

The outreach and public sessions of the meeting will be held on May 19-20 on the N.C. A&T campus at the Alumni Foundation Event Center.

  • The Outreach Session will be held from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. May 19 in ballroom 103. Topics of discussion to include: The Role of Feed the Future in Meeting the Challenges of Food Security: Opportunities for University Faculty and Students; Internationalizing U.S. University Faculty and Students; Careers in International Agriculture; and Opportunities in International Agriculture: U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • The Public Meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. – noon, May 20, in ballroom 103. Panel discussion to include: N.C. A&T Leadership in International Agricultural Innovation and Sustainable Technology Development to Meet Demands of Global Agriculture. The open meeting will also include a question and answer period.  

The full agenda and guest speakers for the outreach and public sessions are available via the N.C. A&T website. A live-steam will also be available online for the public meeting. RSVP for the outreach and public sessions by contacting Bernetta Hill at 336-285-3171 or