There is a new request for proposals from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that may be of interest to our host country collaborators/ PIs: the Program for Emerging Agricultural Research Leaders.The website is http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/General-Information/Grant-Opportunities/Program-for-Emerging-Agricultural-Research-Leaders-2014.
The lead PI must be an MSc or PhD scientist at a national agricultural research institution or university in sub-Saharan Africa working in collaboration with other researchers internationally (e.g., working with Legume Innovation Lab U.S. researchers). Awards range from $200,000 – 500,000 over a maximum of four years. Beans, cowpeas and chickpeas are among the target crops. Applications received by July 1, 2013 will be considered for early decision.
The October issue of USAID’s Feed the Future Newsletter highlights the increased profits achieved by smallholder farmers in Senegal “who have adopted improved cowpea varieties developed” through the Legume Innovation Lab. Link to FTF’s story “Investments in Improved Cowpea Varieties Pay off in Senegal.”
The Management Office of the Legume Innovation Lab is pleased to announce the 2007–2012 Five-Year Report for the Dry Grain Pulses CRSP (5.5MB) This report highlights the technical achievements and intermediate development outcomes resulting from research, capacity building, and technology dissemination activities by subcontracted projects.The report is available in print or as a PDF.
Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes (formerly the Pulse CRSP) contributes to economic growth and food and nutrition security through knowledge and technology generation that strengthens grain legume (e.g., bean, cowpea, pigeon pea, etc.) value chains and enhances the capacity and sustainability of agriculture research institutions that serve grain legume sectors in developing countries of Africa and Latin America.
Final Meeting of the Bean Technology Dissemination Project in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Haiti (including Impact Overview)
The final meeting of the BTD Project was held at the Hotel Holiday Inn in Guatemala City, Guatemala, March 19–21, 2014, to review the objectives and accomplishments of the project since its establishment in 2011. PIs and project directors met to consider the project’s vision and goals, achievements, and the country-specific challenges over the past three years. An analysis of the different seed dissemination models in Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua was also presented.
A brief summary of the impacts of the BTD project follows. Quality seed (“Quality Declared” or Certified seed in 5- to 20-pound
2016 Designated International Year of Pulses
Pulses (edible grain legumes) such as beans, lentils, cowpeas, and chickpeas have attracted international attention! The United Nations General Assembly voted on December 21, 2013, to declare 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYOP).
The idea of a year dedicated to recognizing the role of pulse crops in sustainable agriculture and healthy diets was conceived by Hakan Bahceci, president of the International Pulse Trade and Industries Confederation (CICILS). The idea was supported by many pulse-growing countries, and the UN General Assembly voted in its favor.
“This is the greatest opportunity in a century to give pulses the attention they deserve,” said Bahceci. “The International Year of Pulses will give pulses additional research attention and nutritional programming, which will lead to dietary uptake. Increased pulse consumption will grow both healthy people and a healthy planet.”
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.