The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes Legume Innovation Lab), administered by Michigan State University, is pleased to invite Institutional Capacity Strengthening Proposals from our Host Country Institutions.
Funds are available to address critical needs of the host country collaborators that exceed the budgetary limits of current projects.
Deadline for receipt of Proposals: April 4, 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.”
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.
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.
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.”
“Pulses have been a nutritious part of the international diet for centuries,” declared Tim McGreevy, CEO of the American Pulse Association. “These are exciting times for the pulse crop industry, both nationally and internationally.”
Dr. Irvin Widders, professor at Michigan State University and director of USAID’s Legume Innovation Lab, stated, “This UN designation provides those involved with pulse research and public policy an opportunity to explain why pulses are so important. (contunued)
2014 Global Legume Innovation Lab Meeting
The Management Office is pleased to announce that the 2014 Global Legume Innovation Lab Meeting
will be held in Athens, Greece, May 12-16, 2014.
Please reserve these dates, plus travel days before and after, on your calendars. In the coming months, the MO will be soliciting your ideas on the program and organizational format.