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Carmen Benson

United States Senior Associate, Agriculture and Economic Growth, Tetra Tech ARD Tetra Tech

Carmen Benson is the Project Manager and former Senior Counselor on the BIFAD Support Contract at Tetra Tech. In this role, Tetra TEch provides thought leadership and administrative and logistical support to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD), a presidentially appointed board that advises USAID on agriculture and higher education issues pertinent to food insecurity in developing countries. 

Carmen has 15+ years of experience leading and supporting capacity building programs, emphasizing inclusive agricultural education, research, and extension systems. Carmen previously served as Chief of Party, leading a USAID-funded project in Afghanistan to build public research capacity while empowering women in research. Previous experience includes volunteer, Fulbright Specialist, military, and technical assignments in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, and Timor-Leste.

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Latest Submissions

Transformative Pathways Toward a Climate-Resilient Agricultural, Food, and Nutrition System: A Public Consultation Ahead of the 27th Conference of Parties

Oct 26, 2022 online
In the lead-up to the 2022 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 27th Conference of Parties (COP27), BIFAD will host its 187th public meeting focused on the ongoing BIFAD-commissioned study on systemic solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation in agricultural, nutrition, and food systems.

2022 Call for Nominations for the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) Awards for Scientific Excellence

Through January 23, the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) is accepting nominations for the BIFAD Awards for Scientific Excellence in a Feed the Future Innovation Lab.

Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD)

Fed to Thrive: Accelerating Action on Nourishing Foods for Infants and Young Children: A World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue Side Event

Oct 19, 2022 online
The meeting will convene expert presenters and seek public input on evidence-based solutions for increasing the affordability, availability, and convenience of nutrient-dense foods for  infants and children six months to two years of age, providing adequate safety nets for families most vulnerable to early childhood malnutrition, and engaging across systems to deliver on the global commitment to “feed a fragile world”.