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.)
Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes (formerly the Pulse CRSP) contributes to economic growth and food and nutrition security through knowledge and technology generation that strengthens grain legume (e.g., bean, cowpea, pigeon pea, etc.) value chains and enhances the capacity and sustainability of agriculture research institutions that serve grain legume sectors in developing countries of Africa and Latin America.
Pulse CRSP Highlighted in MSU Spartans 360
To highlight the indispensable work of MSU’s scientists, scholars, and students, Michigan State University’s Office of Communications and Brand Strategy sent a crew of reporters, photographers, and videographers on a two-month trip over four continents and more than twenty countries to capture stories on location through video, photos, and blogs . One of their stories highlighted James Kelly’s bean research in Rwanda—and even MSU’s president, Lou Anna K. Simon, gave it special mention in one of her addresses to the MSU community.
To see the stories highlighted by the MSU crew, click through the links below.
An Introduction to the Pulse CRSP work in Rwanda: Sowing a More Sustainable Future
Jim Kelly, professor and PI, PI-MSU-1: Improving Bean Crops in Rwanda
Research of Pulse CRSP Ph.D. Student Explored: Gerardine Mukeshiman Talks about Bean Breeding for Drought Tolerance in Rwanda
A Video of Pulse CRSP Work in Rwanda
Photos from the Rwanda Pulse CRSP stories
Go to Spotlight II on Scientific Animations Without Borders
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.