Impact Assessment of Bean/Cowpea & Dry Grain Pulses CRSP: Research, Outreach & Training Investments

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This is project (SO4.1) of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes (formerly the Pulse CRSP) funded by USAID and housed at MSU. Building on prior research of the Pulse CRSP at MSU, the Legume Innovation Lab was established on April 1, 2013, with a five-year award from USAID-Washington to Michigan State University to serve as the Management Entity. Faculty of AFRE were selected to implement this specific research/outreach sub-project based on an open competitive proposal process in response to Requests for Proposals issued by the MSU Management Office.''

Under the leadership of faculty of AFRE, this project provides the following services to USAID and the Management Office of the Legume Innovation Lab:

- Advise program directors on projected future research outputs, technologies, and practices with high potential for benefit to and adoption by end users.

- Assist the Management Office on appropriate indicators to monitor project technical progress and performance in achieving developmental outcomes and in developing approaches to systematize the collection of needed data for indicator reporting to USAID under Feed the Future.

- Work with Principal Investigators of subcontracted projects to define clear outputs from research and capacity building activities, develop impact pathway strategies, determine to whom and when outputs will be handed over to other public and private sector entities for follow-up translational research and technology dissemination, and identify appropriate baseline data that should be collected for future assessment of adoption by end users.

- Assess ex-post adoption impacts of Bean/Cowpea and Pulse CRSP technologies for analysis of return on investments in research, program promotion, and reporting purposes to USAID.

- Enhance future impacts by engaging in innovative and evidence-based research that will serve as an input in making strategic research priority decisions by the Legume Innovation Lab program, and in developing strategies for technology dissemination for maximum impact.

Implementation: Apr. 2013 - Sept. 2017.

Project Technical Description

Current Workplan

Impact Briefs


Main Web Site of the Legume Innovation Lab
Legume Innovation Lab Directors Interviewed at 2012 World Food Prize