Written by Kendra Davis
College Station, Texas – A leader from Texas A&M’s Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture was appointed to the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid for the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Eric M. Bost, associate director of external relations and business development, was selected for the committee based on his previous experiences serving as the United States Ambassador to South Africa and under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Sciences with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Following World War II, President Harry Truman founded the ACVFA to act as a liaison between the U.S. Government and private voluntary organizations involved with foreign assistance programs.
Committee members play active roles in providing and facilitating advice, analysis and recommendations to the USAID administrators on key development issues and challenges, said USAID Administrator Mark Green. The committee brings together people from all walks of life to promote better understanding, communication and cooperation regarding international affairs.
“Serving on this committee will be a wonderful opportunity to for me to participate on an international and global stage to represent The Borlaug Institute, especially since most of what we do focuses on international agriculture,” said Bost. “I am looking forward to collaborating with my other colleagues who will be serving on the committee so that we may share new ideas and gain different perspectives regarding issues that are occurring internationally.”
As a committee member, Bost is required to attend quarterly business meetings and two public meetings and will also have the opportunity to join a committee’s working group to provide the USAID assistance with tackling various issues and developing new strategies.
“By being on the committee, my biggest hope is that I can bring perspectives from The Borlaug Institute and Texas A&M that portray how we are using funding from USAID to further our research and implement various programs,” said Bost. “I plan to use this opportunity to add to my portfolio of experiences so that I may share the knowledge that I gain with the students here at A&M to promote more international learning opportunities.”
Dr. Elsa Murano, director of The Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, is confident in Bost’s abilities and expertise and believes he will represent Texas A&M well.
“Not only does Ambassador Bost have past experience working with a bureaucracy, but he is exceptional at building relationships and managing people, which is why it came as no surprise to me when he got appointed to the committee,” said Murano. “Ambassador Bost is the only member on the committee representing a land grant university that focuses on agriculture, so this is the perfect opportunity for him to represent the Borlaug Institute and convey how Texas A&M will help USAID carry forth its mission.”
Bost’s appointment to the committee began on April 1, 2018 and will end on March 31, 2020.