The October issue of USAID’s Feet 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.
Irv Widders, director of the Legume Innovation Lab, presented an overview of the Legume Innovation Lab: Its vision, alignment with Feed the Future, strategic objectives, and scope at the 2013 Bean Improvement Cooperative Meeting. Click Overview to link to the presentation.
Update: Nutrition RFP
Submissions for the Legume Innovation Lab initiative Improving the Nutrition of the Poor, Especially Young Children and Women, through Grain Legume Consumption are currently under review.
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.
Grain Legume Value Chains in Zambia benefit diverse stakeholders
Catherine Tanda is a 32-year-old widow with two children who has been trading beans, cowpeas, and other commodities for the past five years. She and most of her trader colleagues find themselves too busy to think about changes to what they do and how they do it, even though these changes could improve their livelihoods.
To address this challenge, a Legume Innovation Lab (formerly Pulse CRSP) funded collaborative team of Kansas State University scientists in partnership with University of Zambia faculty and graduate students, provided direct solutions to these challenges for participants and beneficiaries of a Legume Innovation Lab project in Zambia.
Announcements & Opportunities
2014 Global Legume Innovation Lab Meeting
The Management Office is pleased to announce that the 2014 Global Legume Innovation Lab Meeting
will be held at the Radison Bul Park Hotel in Athens, Greece, during the week of May 12-16, 2014. Please reserve these dates, plus travel days both before and after, on your calendars. In the coming months, the MO will be soliciting your ideas on the program and organizational format.