USAID Launches Leadership Program for Agricultural Sector

A woman sieves parboiled rice. The U.S. Agency for International Development has announced a new initiative under its Feed the Future program. Photo by: Louis Stippel / USAID

The U.S. Agency for International Development announced June 21 a new initiative under Feed the Future: the Borlaug 21st Century Leadership Program.

The program will provide training to future leaders and help strengthen institutions in agriculture.

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah launched the program during the 2011 World Food Prize Laureate Announcement Ceremony hosted by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the State Department, according to a USAID press release. Former Ghanaian President John Agyekum Kufuor and former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva were this year’s award recipients.

“To build the next generation of leaders in food security, we will invest $32.5 million in a new Leadership Program, named after the father of the Green Revolution, Norman Borlaug. Through support for strategic planning and donor coordination and financing, the Leadership Program will help strengthen over 65 African agricultural research institutions. And it will directly reach more than 2,300 students with fellowships, training and mentoring,” Shah said in his speech.

Interested parties, whether students or institutions, can email or visit for more details.

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