Dr. Julia Kornegay, chair of the Legume Innovation Lab Technical Management Advisory Committee (TMAC), presented the Legume Innovation Lab Award for Meritorious Achievement to the following researchers at the 2014 Global Grain Legume Researchers Meeting in Athens, Greece, May 2014.
Dr. Issa Drabo, Institut de l’Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles
Dr. Jeffrey D. Ehlers, University of California, Riverside
Dr. James D. Kelly, Michigan State University
The award recognizes and honors “laudable contributions to research on grain legumes and the development of technologies and policies that benefit smallholder farmers in developing countries.” The awards were presented during the Legume Innovation Lab Banquet, held on May 15 in the Radisson Blu Park Hotel in Athens, Greece. For more informtion on each of the awardees, click the link attached to their name.
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 can be reached by linking here.
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. Pre-proposals are due September 7, 2014.
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.”
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.
2014 Global Meeting of the Legume Innovation Lab a Success
The first meeting of the Legume Innovation Lab was held at the Radisson Blu Park Hotel in Athens, Greece, May 12–16, 2014, to review and to gain a more thorough understanding of the trending topics in grain legume research as the Legume Innovation Lab enters the second year of its 2013-2017 tenure. PIs and project collaborators met to present and examine their project’s vision and goals for the next several years and to learn about their colleagues’ concurrent research projects under the program.
Briefs of each of the projects can be linked here.
Attendees of the 2014 Legume Innovation Lab Global Meeting
Further details and photos from the meeting to come week of June 2.
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 Legume Innovation Lab Global Meeting
Stories on the Global Grain Legume Researchers Meeting, Improving Agriculture and Nutrition through Grain Legumes, held 12-16 May in Athens, Greece, will be posted the week of June 2, 2014. Watch for them!
The CGIAR Research program on Grain Legumes has launched a new newsletter, the Grain Legumes FEED. Link to the title to download and to subscribe.