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  • Awards Presented at Global Meeting 2014

    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.

  • RFP From Gates Foundation

    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.

  • Improved Cowpea Varieties Positively Impact Senegal

    The October issue of USAID’s Feed the Future Newsletter highlights the increased profits achieved by smallholder farmers in Senegal “who have adopted improved cowpea varieties developed” through the Legume Innovation Lab. Link to FTF’s story “Investments in Improved Cowpea Varieties Pay off in Senegal.”

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UILTCB

 

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.

Program Objectives

  • 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.

Table of Students Funded through the UILTCB Program Scholarship

Rural UgandaTwo men inspecting cropsPerson holding beansWoman holding beans

Announcements

2014 Legume Innovation Lab Global Meeting
Stories on the Global Grain Legume Researchers Meeting, Improving Agriculture and Nutrition through Grain Legumes, held 12-16 May in Athens, Greece, will be posted the week of June 2, 2014. Watch for them!

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New Newsletter!
The CGIAR Research program on Grain Legumes has launched a new newsletter, the Grain Legumes FEED. Link to the title to download and to subscribe.