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  • 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

    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

  • Common Bean Disease Workshop

    The Common Bean Disease Workshop hosted by the Agriculture Research Council, Republic of South Africawill 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. Link here for more information.

Deadlines

Achievements

Advances in agricultural science and technology present opportunities to overcome constraints to achieving adequate nutrition for good health, increasing agricultural productivity for household economic and food security, and for utilizing natural resources in a more sustainable manner.

Beginning in 1980, the Bean/Cowpea CRSP (1980–2007) and its successor, the Dry Grain Pulses CRSP (2007-2012), funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) strove to achieve positive impacts in these strategic areas through innovative research and training focused on bean and cowpea value chains for the mutual benefit of developing countries in Sub‐Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the United States.

With the extension of its award from USAID beginning in 2013, the Dry Grain Pulse CRSP was renamed the Feed the Future Legume Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes.

The global mission of the Legume Innovation Lab (and the previous Dry Grain Pulses and Bean/Cowpea CRSPs) is to leverage the capacities of U.S. universities’ to generate new knowledge and technological outputs through collaborative research and training activities with the ultimate goals of:

  1. building the human resource base and institutional capacity of national agricultural research systems and agricultural universities and
  2. enhancing bean and cowpea consumption, utilization, and food security in Sub‐Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the United States.

Click on the links on this page or under “Achievements” in the main menu for highlights and a sample of the most recent achievements by the Legume Innovation Lab as well as ts predecessors, the Dry Grain Pulses CRSP and the Bean/Cowpea CRSP, in the areas listed below. Note that because projects under the Legume Innovation Lab are only just beginning, the most recent work cited in these links will be from the final year of Dry Grain Pulses CRSP projects. This work will be updated as Legume Innovation Lab projects advance.

Research Publications

Institutional Capacity Building and Human Resources Development

Outputs, Outcomes, and Impacts

Impact Briefs

  • Impact Brief, 4: Economic impact of CRSP’s investment in the development and dissemination of improved cowpea varietal technology: New evidence from Senegal
  • Impact Brief, 3:  Farmers in West and Central Africa Obtain Economic Benefits from Enhanced Cowpea Storage Technologies

  • Impact Brief, 2: Sustaining a Steady Flow of High Yielding, Improved Bean Varieties Through the Bean Research Network in Central America

  • Impact Brief, 1: Improved Bean Varieties in Central America and Ecuador Generate Economic Benefits to Farmers

Program Publications

Global Pulse Research Meetings

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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 twitter site.