The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in association with Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) in Mexico is going to launch Borlaug Higher Education Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) programme with an aim to increase the number of agricultural scientists and strengthen scientific institutions in developing countries. Honouring the legacy of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug, the programme has been named as "Borlaug Higher Education Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) Program". The Michigan State University (MSU) has been selected to implement the USAID's 'Feed the Future' BHEARD Programme. The BHEARD Programme will focus on training a cadre of BHEARD Fellows at the MS and PhD levels which is indispensable for creating scientific capacity.
Meanwhile, as part of the training need assessment plus identification of core development areas, the BHEARD management team under the leadership of Eric Crawford, Professor of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics and Co-director of MSU's Food Security Group, has recently visited Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University (SAU).
In a very cordial atmosphere the SAU representatives discussed various aspects of the programme implementation strategies with the BHEARD management team members. The SAU side was led by Prof. Dr. Md. Shahidur Rashid Bhuiyan, Pro-Vice Chancellor of SAU. We hope the BHEARD programme will greatly help develop scientific manpower in SAU and other universities of Bangladesh.