USAID's Food Security Advisory Panel Gains New Chairman, Members

A lush rice field in Madagascar. U.S. President Barack Obama has appointed a new chairman and three new members to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development. Photo by: Jules Bosco / ADRA

U.S. President Barack Obama has appointed a new chairman and three new members to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development, a panel the president tasked to advise the U.S. Agency for International Development on global food security issues.

Brady Deaton of the University of Missouri will join BIFAD as its new chairman. He is the university’s current chancellor an former chair of agricultural economics. He is also a former Peace Corps volunteer stationed in Thailand, where he taught vocational agriculture, according to MSNBC

The three new board members are Heifer International president Jo Luck, Purdue University professor and food security expert Gebisa Ejeta, and Marty McVey of McVey & Co. Investments, a private equity firm focusing on energy, health care and real estate.

The new chair and members will join the panel’s three continuing members for a meeting in June.

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