MSU President Mark E. Keenum has been named Chairman of the Board for International Food and Agriculture Development (BIFAD) by President Donald Trump. This designation has been lauded by several Mississippi agricultural leaders, who note Keenum’s passion for agriculture and world hunger solutions, distinct experience, and visionary leadership.
Keenum has held several distinct positions in the agriculture field, including serving as Under Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture, and Chair of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research.
“During my tenure at MSU, our university has continued to build on our longtime reputation as one of the top agricultural schools in the nation,” said Keenum. “As an agricultural economist, I have long recognized the challenge facing our planet with both a growing population and serious challenges to future food supplies. Finding ways to enhance food security is literally a matter of life and death. It is important to preventing conflict among nations and is in our own national security interests. It is also simply the right thing to do and in keeping with my very personal and deeply-held religious values.”
BIFAD was created in 1975 under Title XII, the Famine Prevention and Freedom from Hunger of the Foreign Assistance Act, which draws on higher education’s scientific knowledge to advise U.S. international assistance efforts. The board is primarily comprised of members from the academic community with expertise in global food security and world hunger. Keenum will be tasked with appointing these board members.
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