Program Agenda, Global Meeting 2014

Global Grain Legume Researchers Meeting

 Improving Agriculture and Nutrition through Grain Legumes

 May 12 – 16, 2014, Radisson Blu Park Hotel, Athens, Greece



Monday, May 12                        

7:00 – 8:30 am            Registration

8:30 – 8:50 am            Opening Session and Welcome; Cynthia Donovan, Deputy Director, Legume Innovation Lab

8:50 – 9:25 am            USAID Feed the Future Strategy and Investments in Grain Legume Research and Institutional Capacity Building
Jennifer “Vern” Long, Office of Agriculture, Research and Policy, Bureau for Food Security, USAID

9:25 – 10:15 am          Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes: Technical Vision for 2013–2017
Irvin Widders, Director, Michigan State University

10:15 – 10:45 am        Break, Gallo Nero Restaurant

10:45 – 12:20 pm        Thematic session: Agriculture for Nutrition
Session Moderator: Robert Mazur, Iowa State University

 10:45 – 11:30 pm       Achieving Concurrent Agricultural Productivity and Nutrition Goals Through Research
Patrick Webb, Tufts University, Director, Nutrition Innovation Lab

11:30 – 12:00 pm        Nutrition Sensitive Value Chains: The Potential of Grain Legumes
Alan de Brauw, Leader for Research on Nutrition Sensitive Value Chains, CGIAR Agriculture for Nutrition and Health Program, IFPRI, Washington DC

12:00 – 12:20 pm        Panel Discussion

12:20 – 12:30 pm        Meeting Logistics and Expense Reimbursement
Celina Wille and Angelica Santos

12:30 – 2:00 pm          Lunch, Gallo Nero Restaurant

2:00 – 3:40 pm            Thematic Session. Legume Innovation Lab Projects: Strategic Objective 1.A. Genetic Enhancement of Grain Legume Productivity
Moderator: Issa Drabo, INERA, Burkina Faso

2:10 – 2:40 pm            SO1.A1. Genetic Improvement of Middle American Climbing Beans for Efficient Production in the Guatemalan Highlands
Juan Osorno, Lead PI, North Dakota State University

2:40 – 3:10 pm            SO1.A3 Improving Genetic Yield Potential of Andean Beans with Increased Resistances to Drought and Major Foliar Diseases and Enhanced Biological Nitrogen Fixation
James Kelly, Lead PI, Michigan State University

3:10 – 3:40 pm            SO1.A4 Development and Implementation of Robust Molecular Markers and Genetic Improvement of Common and Tepary Beans to Increase Grain Legume Production in Central America and Haiti
James Beaver, Lead PI, University of Puerto Rico

3:40 – 4:00 pm            Break, Gallo Nero Restaurant

4:00 – 5:30 pm            Session Moderator: Phil McLean, North Dakota State University

4:00 – 4:30 pm            SO1.A5 Genetic Improvement of Cowpea to Overcome Biotic Stress and Drought Constraints to Grain Productivity
Phil Roberts, Lead PI, University of California- Riverside

 4:30 – 5:30 pm           New Frontiers: Phenotyping for Photosynthetic Traits: A Strategy for Increasing Genetic Yield Potential in Grain Legumes
David Kramer, Plant Research Laboratory, Michigan State University

6:30 pm                       Welcome Reception
Roof of Radisson Blu Hotel, Athens

Tuesday, May 13                                   

8:00 – 9:45 am            Thematic Session. Strategic Objectives: Transforming Legume Value Chains and Improving Nutrition
Moderator: Constance A. Gewa, George Mason University

8:15 – 8:45 am            SO2.2 Enhancing Pulse Value Chain Performance through Improved Understanding of Consumer Behavior and Decision Making
Vincent Amanor-Boadu, Lead PI, Kansas State University

8:45 – 9:15 am            SO3.1 Legumes and Growth
Mark Manary, Lead PI, Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis

9:15 – 9:45 am            SO4.1 Impact Assessment of Dry Grain Pulses CRSP and Legume Innovation Lab Investments in Research, Institutional Capacity Building and Technology Dissemination for Improved Program Effectiveness, Mywish Maredia, Lead PI, Michigan State University

9:45 – 10:15 am          Group photo; location to be announced
Break, Gallo Nero Restaurant

10:15 – 12:15 pm        Thematic Session. Moderator: Johannes Lehmann, Cornell University

10:15 – 11:15 am        New Frontiers: Understanding Factors Influencing Smallholder Farmer Decision Making
Joshua Ramisch, University of Ottawa, Canada

11:15 – 11:45 am        SO1.B1. Scalable and Sustainable Biological Solutions for Pest Management of Insect Pests of Cowpea in West Africa
Barry Pittendrigh, Lead PI, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

11:45 – 12:15 pm        SO2.1. Farmer Decision Making Strategies for Improved Soil Fertility Management in Maize-Bean Production Systems
Robert Mazur, Lead PI, Iowa State University

12:15 – 12:30 pm        Preparation of FY 2015 Project Workplans and Budgets by Teams
Irv Widders

12:30 – 2:00 pm          Lunch, Gallo Nero Restaurant

2:00 – 6:00 pm            Legume Innovation Lab Project Team Meetings: FY 2015 Research Planning Breakout Rooms in Radisson Blu  

2:00 – 5:00 pm            Technical Management Advisory Committee (TMAC) Meeting
Julia Kornegay, Chair 

2:00 – 5:00 pm            Interviews of Legume Innovation Lab PIs and Meeting Speakers
Marguerite Halversen, Communications and Promotions

3:40 – 4:00 pm            Break, Gallo Nero Restaurant

                                     Dinner (on one’s own)

7:00 – 9:00 pm            Technical Management Advisory Committee (TMAC) Meeting
Julia Kornegay, Chair

Wednesday, May 14                          

8:00 – 11:30 am          Thematic Session. Strategic Partnerships in Research and Capacity Building to Achieve Development Outcomes
Session Moderator: Doug Buhler, Senior Associate Dean for Research, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Michigan State University

8:10 – 8:50 am            Board of International Food and Agriculture Development (BIFAD) Vision for USAID Innovation Labs and Strategic Partnerships to Achieve Feed the Future Goals
Dr. Brady Deaton, President Emeritus, University of Missouri, and Chair of BIFAD

8:50 – 9:20 am            CGIAR Grain Legume Program and Value of Strategic Partnership with Legume Innovation Lab
Steve Beebe, CIAT

9:20 – 9:40 am            Achieving Synergies among USAID Investments in Grain Legume Research
Tracy Powell, Office of Agriculture Research and Policy, BFS,

 9:40 – 10:00 am         Panel Discussion

10:00 – 10:20 am        Break, Gallo Nero Restaurant

10:20 – 10:50 am        Concurrent Breakout Sessions A

  • Pan Africa Bean Research Alliance. Steve Beebe, CIAT
  • Pulse Health Initiative. Janice Rueda, American Pulse Alliance
  • USAID Climate Resilient Cowpea Innovation Lab. Tim Close, UCR

10:50 – 11:30 am        Concurrent Breakout Session B

  • McKnight Grain Legume Community of Practice. Charles Riches, MF
  • CG Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH). Alan de Brauw, IFPRI
  • Bean Technology Dissemination (BTD) Project. Luis Flores, MSU
  • USAID Climate Resilient Bean Innovation Lab. Phil McClean, NDSU

11:30 – 12:30 pm        Plenary Session: Legume Innovation Lab Technical Management Advisory Committee (TMAC): Responsibilities and Activities
Julia Kornegay, Chair, NCSU

12:30 pm                     Lunch, Gallo Nero Restaurant

PM                               Personal time for independent activities. Shuttle to Plaka and Acropolis departs at 2:00 pm from the Radisson Blu

Thursday, May 15                                 

8:00 – 10:30 am          Thematic Session: Innovations in Sustainable Seed Systems for Grain Legumes
Moderator: Vincent Amanor-Boadu, Kansas State University
The Scaling Seed &Technologies Partnership of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
Itai Makanda, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

8:10 – 8:45 am            Seed Production Systems in Pulse Crops in India: Community-based Perspectives
Dr. J.S. Sandhu, Agriculture Commissioner, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India

8:45 – 9:20 am            Integrating Seed Systems for Enhancing Impact: Leverage Points for Action, Louise Sperling, Principle Scientist, CIAT

9:20 – 9:40 am            Bean Technology Dissemination Project Experience with Community Seed Banks in Central America
Juan Carlos Rosas, EAP-Zamorano, Honduras, and Luis Flores, Michigan State University

9:40 – 10:00 am          Characteristics of sustainable seed systems for grain legumes
Byron Reyes and Mywish Maredia, Michigan State University

10:00 – 10:30 am        Panel/Plenary Discussion

10:30 – 10:50 am        Break, Gallo Nero Restaurant

10:50 – 12:30 am        Session Moderator: Angelica Santos, Administrative Officer, MSU Management Office

10: 50 – 11:15 am       Compliance with USAID Regulations and Policies on Equipment Procurement, Environment Mitigation and Monitoring Plans (EMMPs) and Participant Training
Jennifer “Vern” Long, Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR), USAID

11:15 – 12:00 pm        Legume Innovation Lab Program Implementation Issues

  • Feed the Future Performance Indicators (Cynthia Donovan)
  • International Travel Approval (Cynthia Donovan)
  • Project Financial Management and Reporting (Angelica Santos)
    • Communications and Promotion (Marguerite Halversen)

12:00 – 12:30 pm        Election of three PIs to serve on TMAC (Led by TMAC)

12:30 – 2:00 pm          Lunch, Gallo Nero Restaurant

2:00 – 5:00 pm            Project Team Meetings. Coordination of research and capacity building activities both within and among Legume Innovation Projects and with partners

2:00 - 4:00 pm             Roundtable on Sustainable Seed Systems

2:00 – 4:00 pm            Interviews of Legume Innovation Lab PIs and Meeting Speakers
Marguerite Halversen)

3:40 – 4:00 pm            Break, Gallo Nero Restaurant,

7:00 – ??? pm             Legume Innovation Lab Banquet at the Radisson Blu Hotel

Friday, May 16                          

8:00 – 9:00 am            Session Moderator: Phil Miklas, USDA-ARS

8:00 – 9:00 am            Challenges to Strengthening of Grain Legume Value Chains in Developing Countries and Vision for Research on Grain Legumes by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Jeff Ehlers, BMGF

9:00 – 9:45 am            Scaling Up in Agriculture and Nutrition
Mywish Maredia and Cynthia Donovan, Michigan State University

9:45 – 10:15 am          International Grain Legume Research Gaps, Challenges and Opportunities
Open Forum
Facilitator: Phil Roberts, University of California, Riverside

10:15 – 10:45 am        Break, Gallo Nero Restaurant

10:45 – 11:15 am        2016 International Year of the Pulses
Janice Rueda, American Pulse Association

11:15 – 11:30 am        Discussion of Legume Innovation Lab Response to 2016 International Year of the Pulses
Irv Widders

11:30 – 11:45 am        Announcement of Capacity Building Award Recipients
TMAC Representative

11:45 – 12:00 pm        Closing Session

12:00 – 2:00 pm          Lunch, Gallo Nero Restaurant

2:00 – 4:00 pm            TMAC Meeting in Radisson Blu

Meeting participants depart for home on Friday PM and on Saturday.