Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.

This activity ended in September, 2019. 

The Climate-Resilient Cowpea Innovation Lab develops and applies advanced genomic tools to cowpea breeding to increase yield, drought tolerance and fungal resistance in cowpea (or black-eyed peas), a common nutritious staple in African countries. 

We’re working on developing better yielding varieties of cowpea. Drought affects the viability of conventional cowpeas, from planting to harvesting, in some of world’s most food insecure countries. Our Lab’s research will continue to have a positive impact on cowpea breeding for African farmers.


Lead Institute

University of California, Riverside

Focus countries 
Burkina Faso, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal

US-based partners


Focus-country partners 

We work with the following partners:

  • Dr. Joseph Batieno, Institut de l’Environment et des Recherches Agricole (INERA), Koudougou and Kamboinse, Burkina Faso.

  • Dr. Francis Kusi, Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI), Manga and Tamale, Ghana.

  • Dr. Ousmane Boukar and Dr. Christian Fatokun, International Inst. for Tropical Ag. (IITA)  Kano and Ibadan, Nigeria.

  • Dr. Ndiaga Cissé, Centre National Recherches Agronomie, Bambey, Institut Sénégalais de Recherches

Learn more 

Read this recent article to learn more about our most recent activity.

Stay in touch

Dr. Timothy Close is the Director of Climate Resilient Cowpea Innovation Lab. Email our director if you’d like to learn more: timothy.close@ucr.edu 

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