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  • Common Bean Disease Workshop

    July 20-23, 2015
    Skukuza, South Africa
    The Common Bean Disease Workshop hosted by the Agriculture Research Council, Republic of South Africa, will focus on combining current knowledge and cutting-edge methods for accelerating research progress on key diseases constraining current and future common bean production with emphasis in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. The primary focus of the workshop will be on Angular Leaf Spot and Root Rots. More information. Program   Flyer

  • Elsevier Foundation Awards for Female Scientists in the Developing World

    Deadline: Sept. 1, 2015

    Nominations are being accepted for the 2016 Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World. Continue for more information.

    Nomination Form

  • Symposium: Little Beans, Big Opportunities

    November 19, 2015
    The New York Academy of Sciences
    The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science, dedicated to developing and advancing science-based solutions to the pressing challenges in the field of nutrition, is sponsoring the symposium LITTLE BEANS, BIG OPPORTUNITIES: Realizing the Potential of Pulses to Meet Today’s Global Health Challenges on November 19, 2015, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, at The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor, New York, NY 10007. Registation. Continued


Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes (Legume Innovation Lab) contributes to economic growth and food and nutrition security through knowledge and technology generation that strengthens grain legume (e.g., bean, cowpea, tepary beans, etc.) value chains and enhances the capacity and sustainability of agriculture research institutions that serve grain legume sectors in developing countries of Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.

Mark Your Calendars!

Pan-African Grain Legume Research Conference


World Cowpea Research Conference

28 February to 4 March 2016

Livingstone, Zambia

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes (Legume Innovation Lab), the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), and the Pan-African Bean Research Alliance (PABRA), in partnership with the Zambian Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, the Zambian Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI), and the Center for Coordination of Agricultural Research for Development in Southern Africa (CCARDESA), are pleased to announce the upcoming joint Pan-African Grain Legume Research Conference and World Cowpea Research Conference to be held in Livingstone, Zambia from 28 February to 4 March 2016.

Link to Full Official Announcement.

Legume Innovation Lab Presents Plenary on Legumes at PCCMCA Meeting

Legume Innovation Lab PIs participated significantly in the 60th annual meeting of the Society of the Central American Cooperative Program for the Improvement of Crops and Animals (PCCMCA) during the May 4-7 conference in Guatemala.



On Wednesday, May 5, the almost three-hour morning plenary session focused on grain legumes, with three presentations by Legume Innovation Lab scientists. Irv Widders, director, presented an overview of legume research and their value in developing countries in a presentation

For the full story, link here.


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IYOP Events Page Launched
The Legume Innovation Lab has created a special link, IYOP, on its menu bar to keep its researcher current on events connected to the International Year of Pulses.

The first page link is dedicated to the March 2016 Pan-African Grain Legume Conference and will be updated regularly. A general Events page has also been created to provide information on forthcoming events.

While the LIL links will not be comprehensive for all IYOP events (see IYOP’s website for comprehensive information), they will be updated regularly.

Announcements on IYOP events will also appear on the LIL Facebook page and the LIL Twitter site.