[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 183 (Monday, September 21, 2020)]
[Page 59279]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-20729]

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Board for International Food and Agricultural Development; Notice 
of Meeting

    Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby 
given of a public meeting of the Board for International Food and 
Agricultural Development (BIFAD), Agricultural Growth, Economic 
Transformation, and the Journey to Self-Reliance: Implications for 
USAID Programming. The meeting will be held on October 13, 2020 from 
1:00 p.m. to 3:30 EDT online. A public comment period is scheduled from 
3:00 to 3:20 p.m., EDT. The meeting will be livestreamed via Zoom 
(registration required) and accessible at http://www.aplu.org/projects-and-initiatives/international-programs/bifad/bifad-meetings.html.
    The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is 
reorienting its strategies, partnership models, and program practices 
to achieve greater development outcomes and strive toward a future 
where foreign assistance is no longer necessary. The approach, outlined 
in the Agency's Policy Framework,\1\ emphasizes the concept of ``self-
reliance'' \2\--defined as the capacity and commitment of a country to 
plan, finance, and implement solutions to solve its own development 
challenges in an effective, inclusive, and accountable way.

    \1\ https://www.usaid.gov/policyframework.
    \2\ https://www.usaid.gov/selfreliance.

    The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development 
(BIFAD) will convene a public meeting to better understand the concept 
of economic transformation--how underdeveloped and agrarian-based 
countries shift from subsistence agriculture to a commercially oriented 
economy with diverse agricultural, manufacturing, and service sectors--
and how it contributes to a country's resilience to shocks, such as 
COVID-19, and its progression toward self-reliance. Authors of a BIFAD-
commissioned study will share preliminary findings and lessons learned 
on emerging success stories in agricultural productivity-led economic 
transformation and will discuss the implications of this evidence for 
USAID's agricultural and food security development and social safety 
net priorities and programming.
    On the basis of testimony, including public comments, shared at the 
meeting, BIFAD will provide formal findings, conclusions, and 
recommendations to the Agency on best-bet operational and programmatic 
investments for catalyzing agricultural productivity and economic 
    BIFAD is a seven-member, presidentially appointed advisory board to 
USAID established in 1975 under Title XII of the Foreign Assistance 
Act, as amended. The provisions of Title XII concern bringing assets of 
U.S. universities to bear on development challenges in agriculture and 
food security, and the BIFAD's role is to help carry out this function.
    For questions about registration, please contact Jordan Merker at 
(202) 478-6087. For questions about BIFAD, please contact Clara Cohen, 
Designated Federal Officer for BIFAD in the Bureau for Resilience and 
Food Security at USAID. Interested persons may email her at 
[email protected] or telephone her at (202) 712-0119.

Clara Cohen,
Designated Federal Officer, BIFAD.
[FR Doc. 2020-20729 Filed 9-18-20; 8:45 am]