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.”
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:
- building the human resource base and institutional capacity of national agricultural research systems and agricultural universities and
- 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.
- 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
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.