The October issue of USAID’s Feet 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.
Irv Widders, director of the Legume Innovation Lab, presented an overview of the Legume Innovation Lab: Its vision, alignment with Feed the Future, strategic objectives, and scope at the 2013 Bean Improvement Cooperative Meeting. Click Overview to link to the presentation.
Update: Nutrition RFP
Submissions for the Legume Innovation Lab initiative Improving the Nutrition of the Poor, Especially Young Children and Women, through Grain Legume Consumption are currently under review.
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.
Announcements & Opportunities
2014 Global Legume Innovation Lab Meeting
The Management Office is pleased to announce that the 2014 Global Legume Innovation Lab Meeting
will be held at the Radison Bul Park Hotel in Athens, Greece, during the week of May 12-16, 2014. Please reserve these dates, plus travel days both before and after, on your calendars. In the coming months, the MO will be soliciting your ideas on the program and organizational format.