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.)
Nutrition and Health
- Value added bean grain though appropriate crop management, grain handling, and processing
- Bean and cowpea based foods for nutritional rehabilitation of HIV+ children and adolescents
- Knowledge of health promoting attributes of cowpeas in diet
Enhancing Nutritional Value and Marketability of Beans through Research and Strengthening Key Value Chain Stakeholders in Uganda and Rwanda. PIs: Robert Mazur, Iowa State University; Dorothy Nakimbugwe, Makerere University, Uganda; Michael Ugen, National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCCRI), Uganda; Hilda Vasanthakaalam, Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Rwanda. ISU-1
Improving Nutritional Status and CD4 Counts in HIV-Infected Children through Nutritional Support. PIs: Maurice Bennink, Michigan State University: Theobald Mosha and Henry Laswai, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania; and Elizabeth Ryan, Colorado State University. MSU-3
Increasing Utilization of Cowpeas to Promote Health and Food Security in Africa. PIs: Joseph Awika, Susan Talcott, Lloyd Rooney and Bir Bahadur Singh, Texas A&M University; Chitundu Kasase, John Shindano, and Kalaluka Lwanga Munyinda, University of Zambia (UnZa); Kennedy Muimui, Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI), Zambia; Abdul Faraj, Prisca Tuitoek, Egerton University, Kenya; Amanda Minnaar, Gyebi Duodu and Andre Oelofse, University of Pretoria, South Africa. TAMU-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.