• Awards Presented at LIL Grain Legume Research Conference

    Dr. Julia Kornegay, chair of the Feed the Future Legume Innovation Lab Technical Management Advisory Committee (TMAC), presented the Legume Innovation Lab Award for Meritorious Achievement to the Research Conference 2017


    following researchers at the Feed the Future Legume Innovation Lab Grain Legume in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in  more, including photos

  • BIFAD Honors Drs. Rosas and Beaver

    Dr. James Beaver, of the University of Puerto Rico, and Dr. Juan Carlos Rosas, of the Zamorano Panamerican Agricultural University in Honduras, have been selected as winners of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) Award for Scientific Excellence in a Feed the Future Innovation Lab.


    They are recognized for their contributions to breeding disease-resistant and drought/heat-tolerant varieties of common bean of diverse market classes under the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes, led by Michigan State University. more


  • BIC and NAPIA 2017 Conferences in East Lansing, Oct. 2017

    The Bean Improvement Cooperative (BIC) and the North American Pulse Improvement Association (NAPIA) are holding their conferences concurrently from October 29 to November 3 at the Kellogg Center on Michigan State University’s campus; additionally, the 7th International Legume Root Disease Workshop will be held on at the same location on Wednesday, November 1.


    BIC is a voluntary and informal organization that was established to effect the exchange of information and materials for the improvement of bean (cont.)

  • Conference Presentations Available

    The oral presentations from the Feed the Future Legume Innovation Lab


    Grain Legume Research Conference 2017 are now available as PDF links on this website at Conference Program with Links to PDFs.

  • 2017 Grain Legume Research Conference a Success

    The Feed the Future Legume Innovation Lab Grain Legume Research Conference, held in partnership with the Institut de l’Environnement et des Recherches Agricoles (INERA) – Burkina Faso, an institute of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique et Technologique (CNRST), in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, from 13 to 18 August, was a wonderful success, with more than 75 oral presentations and nearly 60 poster presentation made over the five-day gathering of 140-plus attendees from more than 15 different countries.

    Andrew Young, U.S. Ambassador to Burkina Faso, listens to
    conference attendees’ questions and comments following his
    speech on Friday, 18 August.

    Dignitaries, including Jacob Ouedraogo, Burkina Faso’s Minister of Agriculture and Water Development; Andrew Young, U.S. Ambassador to Burkina Faso; and David Young, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy in Burkina Faso, along with (continued/more) (Grain_Legume_Conference_2017.pdf)

  • New Global Food Security Research Strategy Released

    The United States has played a leading role in ending hunger and poverty. U.S. Government’s investments in global food security and finding new and innovative ways to promote global food security do more than serve humanitarian goals; they are crucial to America’s continued security and prosperity.

    Evidence indicates that research investments enable the productivity gains that drive global improvements in food security and protect against tomorrow’s food security risks—at home and abroad.

    In response to this imperative, U.S. government agencies that are part of Feed the Future developed a new U.S. Government Global Food Security Research Strategy to help reduce hunger, poverty and malnutrition through science, technology. and innovation.

    Download the USG Global Food Security Research Strategy.

    For the executive summary, download the GFS Research Strategy Brochure

  • BIFAD Mtg Featured Feed the Future Innovation Labs

    The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) held its public meeting, The U.S. Government’s Global Food Security Research Strategy: From Upstream Research to Development Impact, on September 12, 2017, in Washington, DC. 

    The meeting included an interactive science expo between the morning and afternoon sessions hosted by the 24 U.S. university-led Feed the Future Innovation Labs, an update on implementation of the Global Food Security Act; and a summary of the new U.S. Government’s Global Food Security Research Strategy. The session Practical Applications of Research Results included a presentation by LIL Deputy Director Cynthia Donovan, entitled, No Single Silver Bullet: A Suite of Technologies for Productivity Gains in Grain Legumes.

    The agenda included BIFAD members; Feed the Future Innovation Lab Directors; USAID; scientists, managers, and decision-makers from across the U.S. Government; industry representatives; and stakeholders. (more event details)


  • Conference Program Available

    The Full Conference Program is now available for the  upcoming Feed the Future Legume Innovation Lab Grain Legume Research Conference in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 13 to 18 August 2017 as a PDF file.


    If you’d prefer to just see the order of events, link to the Conference Agenda  for a day-to-day schedule.

    The Feed the Future Legume Innovation Lab looks forward to seeing all of you in August.

  • MASFRIJOL Youtube Videos

    Women and children watch a video on improving health through bean consumption on the MASFRIJOL mobile classroom, a truck loaded with educational equipment that is easily driven from village to village by MASFRIJOL educators to bring easily accessible classes on nutrition and beans to farming families.

    The MASFRIJOL project has recently released several new videos on their Youtube chanel: MASFRIJOL. MASFRIJOL videos are used in extension education to teach farmers and their families about beans - growing and eating them for improved nutrition and health. All videos are in Spanish.Recent 2017 Videos include Proyecto MASFRIJOL 2017 Plagas del Frijol Insectos y enfermedades/MASFRIJOL 2017: Insect Pests and Diseases of Beans and Proyecto MASFRIJOL 2017 Cosecha y Secado del Cultivo de Frijol/MASFRIJOL 2017: Harvesting and Drying Bean Crops.

    More MASFRIJOL videos

  • Pulses Featured in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences


    The Potential of Pulses to Meet Today’s Health Challenges is the theme of the special March 2017 issue of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, published in association with the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science. . LIL director Dr. Irv Widders and LIL PI Dr. Mark Manary are among the authors of the article Collaboration among Sectors to Increast Pulse Consumption.

    Free access to all of this Special Issue has been provided by Pulse Canada. Links to specific articles can be found at the Wiley Online Library. More, including an abstract of the Collaboration among Sectors to Increase Pulse Consumption article.


  • Ten-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops

    The  International Year of Pulses encouraged connections throughout the food chain to better utilize pulse-based proteins, further global production of pulses, increase the efficiency of crop rotations, and address trade challenges.


    The 10-Year Research Strategy report continues the momentum of the IYP and will be used to set an agenda for global discussion and to mobilize champions to advocate for accelerated pulse research investments. Link to the full strategy or download the 10-Year Research Strategy presentation from the IYP Global Dialogue.

  • LIL Secures $2M USAID Award to Assist Haiti

    Hurricane Matthew roared through the Caribbean before moving north to the southeastern U.S. in October 2016, leaving a path of devastation.


    Haiti’s southwest region, which has a strong history of bean production, was hit particularly hard. To help re-establish its agricultural production capacities to sustainably produce beans for household food and nutritional security in the future, (more)

  • Juan Carlos Rosas Honored at EAP Zamorano

    Juan Carlos Rosas, who has worked with the Feed the Future Legume Innovation Lab as a bean breeder on projects in Central America and the Caribbean for nearly 30 years,

    ''Juan Carlos Rosas stands beside the plaque bearing his name at EAP Zamorano.

    was honored on 16 November 2016 at EAP Zamorano, with the naming of a building in his honor. more

  • Support Pulses on World Food Day!


    Emerging Ag is sponsoring a pulse-focused action for World Food Day. They are conducting a ThunderClap to activate millions of people all over the world to think about the role pulses play in a sustainable food system. It is one simple step:

    Go to and sign up to support on either Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr.

  • IPM Project Presents at Gates Foundation

    The LIL Associate Award funded by the Bill & Melinda Gate Foundation, Precision Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Smallholder Cowpea Farmers in West Africa, was invited by Gates Foundation Program Officer Dr. Jeffrey Ehlers to give a Learning Lunch presentation at the Foundation’s Headquarters in Seattle. 


    A parasitic wasp released to sustainably control insect pest of cowpea in West Africa

    The presentation focused on project progress and the future direction of the IPM program. more

    Link to the full presentation on Cowpea IPM.

  • LIL Director Irv Widders Presents on Pulses at ABIC Conference

    Dr. Irvin Widders represented the Legume Innovation Lab well at the Agricultural Bioscience International Conference 2016 in Fargo, North Dakota.


    As the blogger Willie Vogt in the Farm Industry News Blog noted, “Around the world they call them pulses, here in the U.S. we call them beans. Either way Irvin Widders is enthused about the potential for this nutrition-rich crop.”

    Link to the full article here.

  • Highlights2015

    The 2015 Technical Highlights Report has been released.


    Download your PDF now!

  • President Obama Signs Food Security Act

    President Barack Obama recently signed the Global Food Security Act to help developing nations expand their agricultural capacity and get on a path to self-sufficiency.


    Obama announced the action at the White House Summit on Global Development in Washington, prompting a hearty round of applause.

    Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., lead sponsor of the measure in the Senate, said, “The biggest takeaway of this law is that it will improve nutrition for 12 million children and increase the income of 7 million farmers.” more


  • David Kramer Wins ISPR Innovation Prize

    The Plant Research Lab’s David M. Kramer, Hannah Distinguished Professor in photosynthesis and bioenergetics, is the 2016 recipient of the International Society of Photosynthesis Research (ISPR) Innovation Award.


    The ISPR, founded in 1995, aims to promote the development of photosynthesis research as a basicand applied science. more

  • Capacity Strengthening Awardees 2017

    Based on TMAC reviews and recommendations, the Legume Innovation Lab Management Office has conferred this year’s Institutional Capacity Strengthening Awards to 10 of the 15 project applications. 


    One of the Capacity Strengthening Awards will help researchers identify and test different mobile phone apps aimed at helping farmers make decisions regarding soil fertility management.

    The awarded project proposals, which range from drip irrigation systems to acquiring a screen house to develop phenotyping capacity, are intended to address the critical needs of host country institutional collaborators that exceed the budgetary limits of current Legume Innovation Lab projects, and to respond to the grain legume cont.

  • Futures Magazine Focuses on 2016 IYOP and Legume Innovation Lab


    In honor of the UN’s designation of 2016 as the International Year of Pulses, MSU AgBioResearch directors chose grain legumes as the thematic focus for its quarterly publication Futures, with the majority of articles featuring Feed the Future Legume Innovation Lab projects and leadership. more

  • Scientist from Botswana Wins iPad Mini Contest

    Minah Mmoni Mosele, principal research scientist and head of the Food Technology Department at the National Food Technology Research Centre in Botswana,


    was selected as the winner of the iPad Mini contest. Minah’s name was drawn from more than 200 submissions of people who attended the 2016 Joint Pan-African Grain Legume and World Cowpea Conference in Livingstone, Zambia, in March 2016, and returned the Post-Conference Survey.

    In response to learning that she won, Minah proclaimed, “Wow! The best news ever! Thank you for the iPad Mini.” (cont.)

  • LIL Master’s Students Honored

    A young farmer views an animated educational video on a smartphone in Mozambiquein as part of Mocumbe’s research project.

    Two masters students at Iowa State University, Sostino Mocumbe and Naboth Bwambale, who were conducting research related to Robert Mazur’s  LIL project Farmer Decision Making Strategies for Improved Soil Fertility Management in Maize-Bean Production Systems not only successfully defended their M.S. theses

  • Rob Mazur Receives Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring

    Rob Mazur, Lead PI of the Feed the Future Legume Innovation Lab


    project Farmer Decision Making Strategies for Improved Soil Fertility Management in Maize-Bean Production Systems was chosen by his colleagues at Iowa State University to receive the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring this past May.

  • New FAO Publication on Pulses

    The Food and Agriculture Organizaion of the United Nations (FAO) has just ''

    published a new, detailed document, Pulses: Nutrition seed for a sustainable future. Link to the FAO description to download the PDF file. Available in English, French, and Spanish.

  • Feed the Future Photo Contest!

    Feed the Future is excited to launch its sixth global photo contest!


    If you are traveling to a Feed the Future focus country with a camera or already have photos of Feed the Future activities that you would like to share, please submit up to five high-quality photos that illustrate Feed the Future in action (along with great captions and photo credits) to.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) us by June 24, 2016!

    Please read the attached document for full details before sending your photos to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Second International Legume Society Conference

    2016: Legumes for a Sustainable World

    The International Legume Society and the Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa cordially invite you to join us at the Second International Legume Society Conference, scheduled from 12-14 October, 2016, at the Tróia resort, near Lisbon, Portugal. cont.

  • CSSA Travel Grants to P-A Conference a Success

    Feeling the pulse of Africa

    May 09, 2016

    Chekanai was referring to the Pan-African Grain Legume Legume and World Cowpea Conference, February 28-March 4, in Livingstone, Zambia. She was one of ten students who received travel grants via  Crop Science Society of America (CSSA).Link to

    full story.


  • Legume Innovation Lab PI Lands Charles F. Kettering Award for Photosynthesis Research


    David M. Kramer, Michigan State University Hannah Distinguished Professor in photosynthesis and bioenergetics, is the recipient of the prestigious American Society of Plant Biologists 2016 Charles F. Kettering Award. This award was established in 1962 by an endowment from the Kettering Foundation to recognize excellence in the field of photosynthesis. more

  • Pan-African Conference Papers Available for Download


    The Joint Pan-African Grain Legume and World Cowpea Conference, held from February 28 to  March 4, 2016 in Livingstone, Zambia,featured four keynote addresses, numerous plenaries, and more than 100 oral presentations. Links to these talks are now available at the conference website’s presentations section.

  • Joint 2016 Pan-African Grain Legume and World Cowpea Conference a Success


    The Joint Pan-African Grain Legume and World Cowpea Conference, held from February 28 to  March 4, 2016 in Livingstone, Zambia, attracted more than 500 scientists, NGOs, and development professionals to the AVANI Hotel. Zambia’s Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, the Honorable Given Lubinda (pictured below), opened the conference on February 29, first visiting the exhibition and poster tent and then addressing the gathered conference attendees in the hotel’s conference center.

    Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Zambia, the Honorable Given Lubinda, listens to Dr. Luis Flores explain his grain legume project in Guatemala on decreasing malnutrition through interventions focused on bean technology and nutrition education.

    The conference offered four keynote (cont.)

  • MASFRIJOL Video Highlights USAID work in Guatemala

    MSU has produced a video to highlight MASFRIJOL’s work in Guatemala’s western highlands:

    Villagers in Quatzeltenango attend a class offered through the MASFRIJOL traveling classroom to learn how adding beans to their household’s diet can improve health and nutrition.

    MASFRIJOL, an associate award of the Feed the Future Legume Innovation Lab is a four -year project funded by USAID designed to mobilize the expertise and experience of LIL and its network of partners to strengthen the USAID Mission to Guatemala’s efforts to achieve its Feed the Future strategic development goals through Interventions that enhance the productivity of the bean–maize system and increase appreciation of the nutritional importance of beans to sustainably promote greater household bean consumption, enhance the nutritional value of diets, and improve the food and nutritional security of Mayan communities in Guatemala’s western highlands.


  • Dr. Irvin Widders discusses the International Year of Pulses (video)


    Listen to the director of the Feed the Future Legume Innovation Lab on the 2016 International Year of Pulses

  • IITA Releases Novel Maruca vitrata parasitoids

    After a series of confined lab, screen house, and field tests, IITA has successfully carried out the first open

    Maruca vitrata can cause cowpea crop losses of 20-80%.
    experimental releases of novel natural enemies against one of the most damaging pests of cowpea, the legume pod borer Maruca vitrata, at two locations in Benin. Cont.

  • Little Beans, Big Opportunities


    Little Beans, Big Opportunities, held November 19, 2015 at the Sackler Institute, New York, New York

  • Amanda Minnaar, 1962-2015

    PI, Bean/Cowpea and Dry Grain Pulses CRSP


    The Legume Innovation Lab is grieved to announce the passing of Professor Amanda Minnaar on Saturday, 26 September 2015. (cont.)

  • Wayne Adams, 1918-2015

    Co-Founding director of the Bean/Cowpea CRSP












    The world of grain legume research lost a significant figure on September 9, 2015, in the person of M. Wayne Adams (cont.),

  • MASFRIJOL Showcased at MSU


    Carolina Molina, a MASFRIJOL nutritionist, gave a PowerPoint  presentation on MASFRIJOL’s objectives and strategic implementation.

  • Pan-African Conference Email


    LIL has created a special email address, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for all correspondence regarding the PanAfrican Grain Legume conference.

  • U.S. Borlaug Graduate Research Grant



    Applications are now being accepted for the U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security graduate research grant until Monday, November 9, 2015.

  • IYP Pages


    IYP Events Page Launched
    The Legume Innovation Lab has created a special link, IYP, on its menu bar to keep its researchers current on events connected to the International Year of Pulses.

  • 2015 Legume Scholars Chosen

    The Management Office for the Legume Scholars Program at Michigan State University is pleased to announce that the 2015 recipients of the prestigious Legume Scholars Award have been selected. Four women and two men will begin their Ph.D. programs in grain legume-related fields as diverse as agricultural economics, nutrition and food science, drought resilience, and integrated crop management this fall semester.


  • Larry Murdock, Former Bean/Cowpea PI Honored

    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. 

    If you would like to send him a congratulatory note, please contact the Legume Inovation Lab at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for his email address. More

  • In the News


    Sostino Mocumbe, a graduate 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.

  • 2015 PCCMCA Conference

    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.

  • Pan-African Grain Legume Conference

    The joint 2016 PanAfrican Grain Legume and World Cowpea Conference, organized by the Legume Innovation Lab and IITA in partnership with PABRA/CIAT, the CG Grain Legume Program, ICRISAT, and local NARS, has been tentatively scheduled for the first week of March 2016 in Livingston, Zambia. Please reserve these dates on your 2016 calendars. Link here for more information. Link here to see the IYOP powerpoint.

    Conference information will be updated regularly over the coming months on LIL’s Pan-African Grain Legume Conference webpage.