We are pleased to announce that the Feed the Future Innovation Lab Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes, known as the Dry Grain Pulses Collaborative Research Support Program (Pulse CRSP) from 2007 to 2012 and now to be called the Legume Innovation Lab, has been awarded a $24.5 million extension for 4.5 years, through September 29, 2017.
The research work of Pulse CRSP PI Dr. Barry Pittendrigh (PI-UIUC-1) was featured on the Big Ten Network in February 2013.
Link to main video article
Dr. Irv Widders, director, and Dr. Cynthia Donovan, deputy director, Legume Innovation Lab, were interviewed at the 2012 World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, in December 2012, on how grain legumes contribute to Feed the Future Strategic Initiatives. Link to Video.
(This column is updated regularly to reflect vital information for researchers and managers connected to PULSE CRSP projects and grants. If nothing is listed, nothing is immediately due.)
Outputs, Outcomes, and Impacts
USAID’s agricultural research goal through the Dry Grain Pulses CRSP is to apply the benefits of modern science to address and to meet such developmental goals as poverty alleviation, food security, and environmental sustainability. The impact pathway for achieving development goals from CRSP’s research investments is conceptualized as follow: Investments made by the Pulse CRSP in financial, human, and material resources form the inputs, which generate outputs in the form of technologies (improved products, practices, materials, intellectual property, etc.), knowledge, innovations, and policy recommendations.
To generate welfare impacts, these outputs need to be transferred to end users (farmers, policy makers, processors, consumers, and other actors in the agricultural value chain), which is mostly done by development partners (e.g., extension service providers, NGOs, the private sector, etc.). The adoption, uptake, and use of these research outputs then lead to changes in indicators of research goals (e.g., production, income, consumption) at the end-user level, which when aggregated across adopters and sufficiently scaled-up leads to changes in long-term development goals: poverty, food security, and environmental sustainability as a result of equilibrium and spillover effects (i.e., impacts).
The following links present an overview of the scientific outputs, outcomes, and impacts along the impact pathway of past and current CRSP investments in research on beans and cowpeas.
- Impact Brief, 4
- Impact Brief, 3
- Impact Brief, 2—English
- Impact Brief, 2—Spanish
- Impact Brief, 1—English; Spanish version
Announcements & Opportunities
U.S. Borlaug Summer Institute
The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security Program is offering a two-week learning program for graduate students interested in developing a holistic understanding of the conceptual challenges around global food security with a focus on cross-disciplinary problem solving of real-world development challenges. For more information, click here.