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 .
Dr. Julia Kornegay, chair of the Legume Innovation Lab Technical Management Advisory Committee (TMAC), presented the Legume Innovation Lab Award for Meritorious Achievement 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
The award recognizes and honors “laudable contributions to research on grain legumes and the development of technologies and policies that benefit smallholder farmers in developing countries.” The awards were presented during the Legume Innovation Lab Banquet, held on May 15 in the Radisson Blu Park Hotel in Athens, Greece. For more informtion on each of the awardees, click the link attached to their name.
There is a new request for proposals from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that may be of interest to our host country collaborators/ PIs: the Program for Emerging Agricultural Research Leaders.The website is can be reached by linking here.
The lead PI must be an MSc or PhD scientist at a national agricultural research institution or university in sub-Saharan Africa working in collaboration with other researchers internationally (e.g., working with Legume Innovation Lab U.S. researchers). Awards range from $200,000 – 500,000 over a maximum of four years. Beans, cowpeas and chickpeas are among the target crops. Pre-proposals are due September 7, 2014.
USAID, in partnership with Michigan State University, has designed and implemented an innovative master’s degree training and institutional capacity building program involving U.S. universities. This program started as a pilot program in 2005 in response to the recommendation by the Board for International Food and Agriculture Development (BIFAD) to USAID to renew its commitment to graduate degree training and to test innovative and cost-effective approaches to training.
- To enhance the performance and competitiveness of institutions in developing countries identified by USAID missions as strategic to transformational development.
- To provide Master of Science degree training from a U.S. university in program areas that contribute to USAID’s strategic objectives (SOs) related to agriculture-led economic growth, trade, and natural resource management.
For more information, see the UILTCB Brief.
Job Opportunity: Research Economist – Integrated Pest Management
In collaboration with the Legume Innovation Lab, MSU’s Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics is seeking one research associate to join the project team on Development and Delivery of Sustainable Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Strategies in Cowpea for West Africa. This 36-month project, based on research in Benin, will combine the efforts of MSU with the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture. Link here for more detailed information.