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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.

''Participants in the 2014 End-of-Project BTD Meeting
held in Guatemala City,  March 19-20, 2014

A brief summary of the impacts of the BTD project follows. Quality seed (“Quality Declared” or Certified seed in 5- to 20-pound

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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).

A group of unschooled youth following the Farmer Field Schools on biological cowpea pest control in the village of Garin Jari in Southern Niger

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.”

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Rural UgandaTwo men inspecting cropsPerson holding beansWoman holding beans


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.