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  • Global Meeting, Athens 2014

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    The Legume Innovation Lab’s 2014 Global Meeting was a wonderful success, with more than 40 presenta-tions and focused sessions occurring over the five-day gathering of approximately 80 attendees from more than 15 different countries. Link to the complete article, presentations, and slideshow.

  • Awards Presented at Global Meeting 2014

    Dr. Julia Kornegay, chair of the Legume Innovation Lab Technical Management Advisory Committee (TMAC), presented the Legume Innovation Lab Award for Meritorious Achievement in recognition of “laudable contributions to research on grain legumes and the development of technologies and policies that benefit smallholder farmers in developing countries” 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

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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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Apply for Borlaug Fellowship Program!

Note: The application deadline is October 31, 2014.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the 2015 Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program. The program offers training and collaborative research opportunities to scientists, researchers, and policymakers from 34 eligible countries. Fellows will work one-on-one with a mentor at a U.S. university, research center, or government agency, usually for 6-12 weeks. The U.S. mentor will later visit the fellow’s home institution to continue collaboration.

Visit the Borlaug Fellowship Program application page to learn more about the program and to apply online.

Link to Eligible Countries and Research Priorities