The Pan-African Grain Legume Conference, organized by the Legume Innovation Lab and IITA in partnership with PABRA/CIAT, the CG Grain Legume Program, ICRISAT, and local NARS, and held jointly with the World Cowpea Conference, 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.
Host Country Institutional Capacity Strengthening Awards
Deadline: Monday, February 23, 2015.
The Management Office of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research in Grain Legumes (Legume Innovation Lab) again invites the submission of Proposals from Principal Investigators (PIs) for activities that will contribute to enhancing the capacity of collaborating Host Country institutions.
The deadline for receipt of proposals is Monday, February 23, 2015.
Link here for more information and related documents.
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.
IYOP Events Page Launched
The Legume Innovation Lab has created a special link on its menu bar to keep its researcher up-to-date on events connected to the International Year of Pulses.
The first page link is dedicated to the upcoming Pan-African Grain Legume Conference, and will be updated regularly. A general Events page has also been created to provide information on forthcoming events.
While the LIL links will not be comprehensive for all IYOP events (see IYOP page for comprehensive information), they will be updated regularly.
Announcements on IYOP events will also appear on the LIL facebook page and twitter site.
Legume Scholars Program, Update
The application deadline for the Legume Scholars Program has been reached and the application process is now closed. More than 200 applications were received and are under review.
The Legume Innovation Lab thanks all of its researchers and collaborators for their enthusiastic response to the call for nominations. Information on the Legume Scholars Program is available here.
Legume Innovation Lab Launches Facebook Page
The Legume Innovation Lab is on Facebook. Please “like” our page here to receive updates and stories on legume research.
Legume Innovation Lab on Twitter
The Legume Innovation Lab has launched a Twitter account named Legume InnovationLab. Follow our feed to receive the latest updates on the Lab and research and development work related to the legume sector.