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 http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/General-Information/Grant-Opportunities/Program-for-Emerging-Agricultural-Research-Leaders-2014.
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. Applications received by July 1, 2013 will be considered for early decision.
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.”
The Management Office of the Legume Innovation Lab is pleased to announce the 2007–2012 Five-Year Report for the Dry Grain Pulses CRSP (5.5MB) This report highlights the technical achievements and intermediate development outcomes resulting from research, capacity building, and technology dissemination activities by subcontracted projects.The report is available in print or as a PDF.
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.
2014 Global Legume Innovation Lab Meeting
The program for the 2014 Global Legume Innovation Lab Meeting at the Radisson Blu Park Hotel
in Athens, Greece, May 12-16, 2014, is now available. The theme for the conference is Improving Agriculture and Nutrition through Grain Legumes.
We are excited about the themes to be discussed. The schedule includes beginning early Monday morning, May 12, and concluding by 1:00 pm on Friday, May 16.