Borlaug Higher Education for Agriculture Research

BHEARD is designed to have each PhD candidate conduct field research in their respective countries after coursework at UF. The major professor for each candidate will then visit to provide guidance during the field research.

UF/IFAS Global Project Goal

The BHEARD Program is a USAID-funded effort to increase the number of agricultural scientists and strengthen scientific institutions in developing countries.

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UF/IFAS Global was selected by Michigan State University as one of the U.S. institutions to implement the BHEARD program. UF/IFAS Global collaborated on the placement of five Ph.D. students, beginning in 2013. The BHEARD program is designed to have each Ph.D. candidate conduct field research in their respective countries after completing required coursework at UF. During the third year of study, the major professor will accompany each candidate to their home country in order to provide guidance during their in-country field research. Current Ph.D. students attending the University of Florida and supported by the collaboration between MSU and IFAS Global are:

Student 1st Year of Study Home Department Major Professor
Prosanta Dash  2015  Horticultural Sciences Carlene Chase, Ph.D. 
Edda Lungu  2015   Food Science and Human Nutrition  Wendy Dahl, Ph.D. 
Simon Yeboah  2015  Entomology and Nematology  Oscar E. Liburd, Ph.D. 
Shamsunnaher  2014  Plant Pathology Wen-Yuan Song, Ph.D. 
Ferdous Chowdhury  2013  Horticultural Sciences Barry Brecke, Ph.D. 

DONOR AMOUNT: $1,003,591

Facts and Figures

facts-figures-BHEARD-UF/IFAS GlobalUF/IFAS Global obtained funding to support three Ph.D. candidates from Bangladesh (one in 2013 majoring in Horticultural Sciences, one in 2014 majoring in Plant Pathology, and one in 2015 majoring in Horticultural Sciences. In 2015 one student from Malawi was funded who is majoring in Food Science & Human Nutrition, and a student from Ghana is majoring in Entomology & Nematology. The program supports long-term training of agricultural researchers at the Ph.D. level, and has the goal of strengthening scientific and higher education links between USAID Feed the Future countries and the United States.


BHEARD is funded by USAID. For more on USAID, visit https://www.usaid.gov/.