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.


  • Support Pulses on World Food Day!


    Emerging Ag is sponsoring a pulse-focused action for World Food Day. They are conducting a ThunderClap to activate millions of people all over the world to think about the role pulses play in a sustainable food system. It is one simple step:

    Go to https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/47410-lovepulses-on-world-food-day?locale=en and sign up to support on either Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr.

  • IPM Project Presents at Gates Foundation

    The LIL Associate Award funded by the Bill & Melinda Gate Foundation, Precision Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Smallholder Cowpea Farmers in West Africa, was invited by Gates Foundation Program Officer Dr. Jeffrey Ehlers to give a Learning Lunch presentation at the Foundation’s Headquarters in Seattle. 


    A parasitic wasp released to sustainably control insect pest of cowpea in West Africa

    The presentation focused on project progress and the future direction of the IPM program. more

    Link to the full presentation on Cowpea IPM.

  • LIL Director Irv Widders Presents on Pulses at ABIC Conference

    Dr. Irvin Widders represented the Legume Innovation Lab well at the Agricultural Bioscience International Conference 2016 in Fargo, North Dakota.


    As the blogger Willie Vogt in the Farm Industry News Blog noted, “Around the world they call them pulses, here in the U.S. we call them beans. Either way Irvin Widders is enthused about the potential for this nutrition-rich crop.”

    Link to the full article here.

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