Conference Program with Links to PDFs of Oral Presentations

Feed the Future Legume Innovation Lab Grain Legume Research Conference


Monday, 14 August

11:00 am – 12:30 pm       Inaugural Keynote Presentations – Waongo 1

IImportance of Cowpea to the Livelihoods of Smallholder Farmers in Burkina Faso and INERA’s Research Efforts to Address Challenges and Opportunities Facing the Cowpea Sector  
Dr. Paco Sereme, Research Director, INERA, Burkina Faso (40 min)

Agriculture for Nutrition: Legumes in the Lead 
Dr. Robert Bertram, Chief Scientist, Bureau for Food Security, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) (40 min)

2:00 – 4:00 pm:  Plenary Session 1 – Human Health and Nutrition Waongo 1

Moderator: Karen Cichy, USDA/ARS, Michigan State University (5 minutes)

PL1-1 Impact of LIL on capacity building and interdisciplinary work in agriculture and nutrition. Panel discussion
Panel Leader: Kenneth Maleta, University of Malawi School of Medicine Participants: Celina Wille, Carolina Molina, Yankho Kaimila (25 minutes)

PL1-2 Legumes, growth and development in young Malawian children
Mark Manary, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

PL1-3 MASFRIJOL, nutrition-sensitive lessons for indigenous, rural families in Guatemala’s Western Highlands
Carolina Molina, MASFRIJOL Program, Michigan State University

PL1-4 Impact of legume supplementation on child growth and infectious symptoms in 6-12-month-old Malawian children 
Chrissie Thakwalakwa, University of Malawi School of Medicine

PL1-5 Impacts of improved bean varieties and yields on Guatemalan households  
Celina Wille, Utah State University

PL1-6 Legumes and the microbiota in young Malawian children
Isabel Ordiz, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

4:30 - 6:00 pm: Panel Discussion – Scaling Up and Achieving Impact

Moderator: Cynthia Donovan, Michigan State University

Keynote Presentation
Jess Lowenberg-DeBoer, Purdue University

Tuesday, 15 August

8:00 – 10:00 am:  Plenary Session 2 Genetic Improvement of Grain Legumes

Moderator: Kelvin Kamfwa, University of Zambia (5 minutes) 

PL2-1 Open phenotyping and analytics tools that bridge the gaps between the lab and the world: Towards knowledge-driven plant breeding of legumes for local and regional solutions     
Lead Presentation: David Kramer, Michigan State University (25 minutes)

PL2-2 Genome-wide association analysis for terminal drought tolerance in Andean common beans 
Isaac Dramadri, Michigan State University

PL2-3 Marker-assisted backcrossing for Striga resistance in cowpea
Moussa Diangar, Institut Senegalais de Recherches Agricoles

PL2-4 Marker-assisted pyramiding of seed size QTL into a popular Senegal cowpea cultivar
Sassoum Lo, University of California- Riverside

PL2-5 Genetic diversity of the Guatemalan climbing bean collection
Maria Gabriela Tobar Piñón, North Dakota State University

PL2-6 Advances in tepary bean (Phaseolus acutifolius A. Gray) genetics and breeding
Timothy Porch, USDA-ARS, Puerto Rico

Concurrent Sessions 1A and 1B

2:00 pm     CS1A: Genetic Improvement of Grain Legumes: Abiotic Stresses

Moderator: Juan Osorno, North Dakota State University

CS1A-1 Selection of common bean to broad environmental adaptation in Haiti
Raphael Colbert, Université Quisqueya, Haiti        

CS1A-2 Determination of cold tolerance QTLs in Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L. Walp.) via high throughput photosynthetic phenotyping
Donghee Hoh, Michigan State University

CS1A-3 Harnessing PhotosynQ-connected Phenotyping Technologies for Common Bean Breeding in Zambia
Kelvin Kamfwa, University of Zambia

CS1A-4 Physiological components of heat and drought tolerance differences in Phaseolus vulgaris and P. acutifolius
James D. Kelly, Michigan State University

 CS1A-5 Thermo-tolerance of p CS1A-5 Thermo-tolerance of photoshotosynthesis in cowpea, tepary and common bean at the juvenile stage
Isaac Osei-Bonsu, Michigan State University

CS1A-6 Effect of drought on bean cooking time using germplasm selected for drought, common bacterial blight, and root rot resistance for Uganda and Zambia
Carlos A Urrea, University of Nebraska

2:00 pm    CS1B: Integrated Crop Management: Soil Fertility and IPM

Moderator: Onesimus Semalulu, National Agricultural Research Organisation, Uganda (5 minutes)

CS1B-1 Farmer field test of neem-based (Azadirachta indica) and entomopathogenic MaviNPV virus formulations on the main insect pests of cowpea in Niger
Maimouna Abdourahmane, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique du Niger    

CS1B-2 Farmers’ preferences for chemical versus biological pest control methods: Evidence from choice experiments conducted in Burkina Faso
Mywish Maredia, Michigan State University

 CS1B-3 On-farm assessment of local neem oil against flower thrips and cowpea pod borer, Maruca vitrata Fabriciu
Fousséni Traore, Institut de l’Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles, Burkina Faso

 CS1B-4 PhotosynQ: Empowering collection of direct crop physiological measurements on smallholder farms
Dan TerAvest, Michigan State University

 CS1B-5 Optimizing fertilizer application in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) in Gurúè, northern Mozambique
Ricardo M. Maria, Instituto de Investigação Agrária de Moçambique

CS1B-6 Strengthening the indigenous soil classification system using GIS-based mapping of the Buganda catena, Uganda
B.A. Miller, Iowa State University

4:30 – 6:00 pm: Concurrent Sessions 2A and 2B

4:30 pm: CS2A: Communication, Adoption and Willingness to Pay for Technology 

Moderator: Ebby Luvaga, Iowa State University

 CS2A-1 Comparative effectiveness of video animation delivered by smartphones versus printed images in communicating bean-growing recommended practices to farmers in Uganda and Mozambique
Eric Abbott, Iowa State University

   CS2A-2 An assessment of localized animated educational videos (LAV) versus traditional extension presentations or LAV followed by extension agent discussions among farmers in Benin and Niger
Julia Bello-Bravo, Michigan State University

CS2A-3 Socioeconomics determinants for adoption of improved technologies disseminated through Farmer Field Schools for cowpea production in Maradi and Zinder, Niger 
Amadou Laouali, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique du Niger

 CS2A-4 Inclusive innovation space: The bean value chain innovation platform in Masaka district, central Uganda
Naboth Bwambale, Iowa State University

 CS2A-5 Towards improving access to high quality bean seed in Nicaragua: How much are farmers willing to pay?
Robert Shupp, Michigan State University

4:30 pm: CS2B: Panel Discussion

Institutional Capacity Strengthening

Lead Presentation and Moderator: Mywish Maredia, Michigan State University

Wednesday, 16 August

8:00 – 10:00 am: Plenary Session 3 - Farmer Decision Making, Policy, Economics and Value Chains 

Moderator: Kennedy Muimui, Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (5 minutes)

  PL3-1 Development of cowpea varieties with consumer- and farmer-preferred traits in Burkina Faso
Lead Presentation: Joseph Batieno Benoit, Institut de l’Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles, Burkina Faso (25 minutes)

 PL3-2 Factors influencing cowpea farmers’ willingness to pay for quality seeds in Burkina Faso
Nathalie Me-Nsope, Michigan State University

PL3-3 Towards 2050: Projecting legume consumption and production under alternative socioeconomic and resource conditions
Ralph Armah, Kansas State University

PL3-4 Rapid Appraisal of a mobile app linking researchers with extension officers and bean farmers in Gurúè District, Mozambique
Sostino Mocumbe, Instituto de Investigação Agrária de Moçambique

PL3-5 Factors affecting bean consumption among Lusaka residents
Mukwiti Mwiinga, University of Zambia

PL3-6 Small-scale community seed production to enhance the sustainability of bean improved variety dissemination: Evidence from the Western Highlands of Guatemala 
Luis Flores, Michigan State University

10:30 – 12:30 pm: Concurrent Sessions 3A and 3B

10:30 am  CS3A: Genetic Improvement of Grain Legumes: Biotic Stresses

Moderator: Consuelo Estevez, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaquez (5 minutes)              

CS3A-1 Evaluation of selected cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L. Walp.) lines for thrips resistance (Megalurothrips sjöstedti) in Burkina Faso
Hamadou Sidibe, Institut de l’Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles, Burkina Faso

CS3A-2 Identification of cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L. Walp.) lines and polymorphic gene-based microsatellite markers for the resistance to aphids (Aphis Craccivora Koch)
P. Adelaide Ouedraogo, Institut de l’Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles, Burkina Faso

CS3A-3 A novel root-knot nematode resistance QTL in cowpea accession FN-2-9-04 from Mozambique
Arsenio Ndeve, University of California, Riverside

CS3A-4 Rust resistance in the Guatemalan climbing bean germplasm collection
Luz de María Montejo, North Dakota State University

CS3A-5 Employing host plant resistance (HPR) in the control of cowpea aphids and Striga gesnerioides in Northern Ghana
Gloria Kubi Tetteh, University of Cape Coast, Ghana

CS3A-6 Identification of sources of resistance to Alectra vogelii in cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L. Walp.) germplasm in Burkina Faso
Zakaria Dieni, Institut de l’Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles

10:30 am CS3B: Challenges in Grain Legume Seed Systems

Moderator: Juan Carlos Rosas, Escuela Agricola Panamericana – Zamorano, Honduras

CS3B-1 Adoption of improved bean varieties in Haiti: An assessment using farm surveys, bean seed supply chain analysis, and DNA fingerprinting
Mywish Maredia, Michigan State University

CS3B-2 A local success story on cowpea production and distribution comprised by a national project
Dieudonné Ilboudo, Institut de l’Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles – Burkina Faso

CS3B-3 Haiti Hurricane Matthew bean seed relief effort: Lessons learned and recommendations for future similar situations
Reginald Cean, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, Haiti

-4 Farmers’ willingness to pay for quality seeds of bean varieties with preferred traits: Evidence from two Central American countries
David DeYoung, Michigan State University

CS3B-5 Strategic partnerships and extension education tools for reaching geographically disperse, low literacy and language-diverse beneficiaries in Guatemala with MASFRIJOL project
Salvador Castellanos, MASFRIJOL, Michigan State University

CS3B-6 Production systems and seed technology diffusion in Burkina Faso: The case of SFDIAB project
Eveline Compaore Sawadogo, Institut de l’Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles, Burkina Faso

CS4A: Genetic Improvement of Grain Legumes 

Moderator: Francis Kusi, Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (5 minutes)

CS4A-1 Two new climbing bean varieties adapted to the milpa system in the highlands of Guatemala
Juan M. Osorno, North Dakota State University   

CS4A-2 Blackeye cowpea varietal improvement program for California and the USA
Bao Lam Huynh, University of California, Riverside (Phil Roberts, University of California, Riverside, presenting)

CS4A-3 Screening bean lines in Guatemala for resistance to the common and Mexican bean weevil
Angela Miranda, Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnologia Agricolas, Guatemala

 CS4A-4 Genetic improvement in Uganda’s Andean bean breeding program
Stanley T. Nkalubo, National Crops Resources Research Institute

CS4A-5 Genetic improvement of cowpea to overcome biotic stress and drought constraints to grain productivity
Philip A. Roberts, University of California, Riverside

4:30 pm: CS4B: Consumer Preference, Farmers’ Decisions, and Production Aspects

Moderator: Fredy Kilima, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania (5 minutes)

CS4B-1 Social and economic factors in farmer decision making for improved soil fertility management and increased bean production in Uganda
Rob Mazur, Iowa State University

CS4B-2 Market participation of smallholder common bean producers in Malawi Yanjanani Lifeyo, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources

CS4B-3 Role of food choice determinants and nutrition interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa: Consumer insights based on peanut consumption in Malawi
Aggrey Gama, University of Georgia

CS4B-4 Crossing the threshold: An analysis of factors affecting household consumption of recommended weekly common bean servings in urban Lilongwe, Malawi
Edwin Kenamu, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources

CS4B-5 Utilizing imperfect and inconsistent data: Economic feasibility analysis of common bean production in Uganda and Mozambique
Ebby Luvaga, Iowa State University


Thursday, 17 August

Conference Field Trip – To Gourcy in Burkina Faso to visit cowpea seed production fields of the YiYÉ women’s organization in Lago and the seed producers in Zindiguessé. Buses will depart at 6:00 AM from the Laico Ouaga 2000 Hotel.

Friday, 18 August

8:15 – 10:00 am: Plenary Session 4 – Integrated Crop Management (Soil Fertility and IPM) – Waongo 1

Moderator: Russel Yost, University of Hawaii, Hilo (5 minutes)

 PL4-1 Science-driven pest management saves cowpea farms from insect pests

 Lead Presentation: Manuele Tamò, International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (25 minutes)

PL4-2 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in cowpea cropping systems in West Africa: From genomics to biocontrol agents, biopesticides, and extension

 Barry Pittendrigh, Michigan State University

PL4-3 Biopesticide test of neem seed (Azadirachta indica A. Juss.) extract and MaviNPV Virus for the control of main insect pests of cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L. Walp.) in Niger

 Ousseina Abdoulaye Zakari, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique du Niger    

PL4-4 Development and impact of a bean market enhancement innovation platform in Uganda

 Robert Mazur, Iowa State University

PL4-5 Developing a methodology for mapping local soil types along the Buganda Catena, Uganda

 Moses Tenywa, Makerere University, Uganda

10:30 – 12:00 pm: Plenary Session – Reflections on the Feed the Future Legume Innovation Lab

Moderator: Barry Pittendrigh, Michigan State University

Feed the Future Legume Innovation Lab legacy of research and institutional capacity strengthening achievements and impacts

 Irvin Widders, Director, Feed the Future Legume Innovation Lab, Michigan State University

 USAID perspectives on the performance and impacts of the Feed the Future Legume Innovation Lab

Robert Bertram, Chief Scientist, Bureau for Food Security, USAID

Contributions of Feed the Future Legume Innovation Lab technologies and knowledge to improving agriculture and rural livelihoods in Western Africa Abdou Tenkouano, Executive Director, West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD)

12:00 – 12:30 pm: Closing Session of Conference