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.)
Strengthening Pulse Value Chains
- Assessment of bean and cowpea market structures and identification of leverage points in domestic and regional value chains
- Development of policy recommendations to improve bean and cowpea producers’ ability to increase the value they receive from supply chain transactions
- Brief on constraints to increasing smallholder participation in domestic markets
- Understanding constraints to adoption of new bean productivity-enhancing technologies by households
- Development of production capacity and market linkages for fair trade beans from Central America
Expanding Pulse Supply and Demand in Africa and Latin America: Identifying Constraints and New Strategies. PIs: Richard Bernsten and Cynthia Donovan, Michigan State University; David Kiala, Universidade Agostinho Neto, Angola; Feliciano Mazuze, Instituto de Investigação Agrária Moçambique (IIAM), Mozambique; and Juan Carlos Rosas, Escuela Agricola Panamericana-Zamorano (EAP), Honduras. MSU-2
Pulse Value Chain Initiative—Zambia. PIs: Vincent Amanor-Boadu, Tim Dalton. Allen Featherstone and Mahmud Yesuf, Kansas State University; Gelson Tembo, Mukwiti Mwiinga, Rebecca Lubinda, Hamukwala Priscilla, University of Zambia (UnZa), Zambia. KSU-1
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.