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

The Grain Legumes Innovation Lab is developing improved grain legume varieties that are resistant to climatic stresses, as well as disease and insect threats. The Lab also enhances and promotes improved soil and pest management practices to maximize yield potential of grain legumes. The combined focus aims to boost the nutritional and health status of women and young children by improving access to quality grain legumes.



Lead Institute
Michigan State University


Focus countries
Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal, Uganda, Zambia

We aim to help strengthen grain legume value chains and enhance the capacity and sustainability of agriculture research institutions on grain legume sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. With the International Year of Pulses, the gaps between research and implementation will become even more critical to the success of lowering global poverty and hunger, and I am proud to work with USAID to lead the change.

U.S.-based partners
North Dakota State University, University of Puerto Rico, University of California, Riverside, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, Washington University in St. Louis

Focus-country partners

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Dr. Irvin Widders, Director of Grain Legumes Innovation Lab

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