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USAID, in partnership with Michigan State University, has designed and implemented an innovative master’s degree training and institutional capacity building program involving U.S. universities. This program started as a pilot program in 2005 in response to the recommendation by the Board for International Food and Agriculture Development (BIFAD) to USAID to renew its commitment to graduate degree training and to test innovative and cost-effective approaches to training.

Program Objectives

  • To enhance the performance and competitiveness of institutions in developing countries identified by USAID missions as strategic to transformational development.
  • To provide Master of Science degree training from a U.S. university in program areas that contribute to USAID’s strategic objectives (SOs) related to agriculture-led economic growth, trade, and natural resource management.

For more information, see the UILTCB Brief.

Table of Students Funded through the UILTCB Program Scholarship

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2014 Global Legume Innovation Lab Meeting

The program  for the 2014 Global Legume Innovation Lab Meeting at the Radisson Blu Park Hotel


in Athens, Greece, May 12-16, 2014, is now available. The theme for the conference is Improving Agriculture and Nutrition through Grain Legumes.

We are excited about the themes to be discussed. The schedule includes beginning early Monday morning, May 12, and concluding by 1:00 pm on Friday, May 16.