Larry Murdock, a PI in the Bean/Cowpea CRSP who worked on cowpea grain storage technologies (triple bagging/PICS bags) and was the visionary behind Bt cowpea research, has been named a “Distinguished Professor” at Purdue University—the first in the Entomology Department.
With Bean/Cowpea CRSP funding, Dr. Larry Murdock was responsible for conducting the pioneering research to identify potential genes to control Maruca pod borer in cowpea.
Sostino Mocumbe, a grad-uate student working with
the project “Farmer Decision-Making Strategies for Improved Soil Fertility Management in Maize-Bean Production Systems” was highlighted in an article in the Greenlee Gazette. Link to read the article Research Impacting Developing Countries.
The 60th meeting of the Society of the Central American Cooperative Program for the Improvement of Crops and Animals (PCCMCA) will be held this year in Guatemala, May 4-7, 2015. Link for more information and view the brochure.
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
IYOP Events Page Launched
The Legume Innovation Lab has created a special link on its menu bar to keep its researcher up-to-date on events connected to the International Year of Pulses.
The first page link is dedicated to the upcoming 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 page for comprehensive information), they will be updated regularly.
Announcements on IYOP events will also appear on the LIL facebook page and twitter site.
Legume Scholars Program, Update
The application deadline for the Legume Scholars Program has been reached and the application process is now closed. More than 200 applications were received and are under review.
The Legume Innovation Lab thanks all of its researchers and collaborators for their enthusiastic response to the call for nominations. Information on the Legume Scholars Program is available here.
Legume Innovation Lab Launches Facebook Page
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Legume Innovation Lab on Twitter
The Legume Innovation Lab has launched a Twitter account named Legume InnovationLab. Follow our feed to receive the latest updates on the Lab and research and development work related to the legume sector.