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Presidential board on global hunger meets at Purdue

A presidentially appointed board of international food policy advisers and specialists brought their work to Purdue University in 2015 as part of its collaboration with universities in seeking ways to alleviate world hunger.

The meeting of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development, known as BIFAD, included discussions with experts in the science and policy of food production and food security from Purdue and elsewhere around the country.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels moderated the closing session, which included former Ambassador Alfonso E. Lenhardt, acting administrator of the United States Agency for International Development. The board advises USAID on agriculture and higher education issues involving food insecurity in developing countries.

Purdue has had a long partnership with the U.S. government in overseas technical assistance programs, according to BIFAD board member Gebisa Ejeta, a Purdue distinguished professor of agronomy, 2009 World Food Prize laureate and director of the Purdue Center for Global Food Security. The relationship precedes the 1961 creation of USAID when the university was given one of the early government contracts to help support the creation of the first agricultural university in Brazil.

"Dr. Gebisa Ejeta is a global leader in these efforts, and we were delighted to host BIFAD on campus and highlight how Purdue faculty, staff and students across many disciplines are putting their expertise to work on the task of feeding our growing world population," said Jay Akridge, the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Purdue Agriculture, who moderated a panel on state, industry and university partnerships.

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