Feed the Future Peanut Innovation Lab

A blog about leading science in peanut and food security.

Peanut Vision talks up peanut benefits – including global food security

The National Peanut Board recently launched The Peanut Vision site to highlight all the ways peanuts benefit people and agriculture.

The National Peanut Board has launched an engaging, informative new website that tout all the ways peanuts are valuable to our environment, health and communities.

The Peanut Vision: Sustainable, Nutritious, Global Food Source  sums up the power of peanuts in one statement: “Peanuts are positioned to meet the challenges of a growing world.”

While 85% of the world’s water supply goes to agriculture, the peanut plant produces food with a fraction of the water that tree nuts require, the site points out. (An ounce of peanuts requires 4.7 gallons of water, while almonds and walnuts need more than 70 gallons).

Consuming peanuts can help to maintain a healthy weight and decrease the risk of Type 2 diabetes, according to multiple studies. (Frequent peanut consumption could reduce the right of death from heart disease by 29%.) (more…)

Peanut IL tweaks concept note requirements

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Peanut has dropped a request that project proposals initially explain how they will use outputs from commissioned projects, since the details of those commissioned projects are not yet available. Originally, the Request for Proposals encouraged scientists to explain how proposed projects would utilize the outputs from commissioned projects. Given that the commissioned projects are not yet approved, scientists will not be required to explain that connection in concept notes.

Check out the story on the Peanut Innovation Lab website.


Deadline comes this week for APRES abstracts

The deadline to submit an abstract to present a poster or paper at this year’s American Peanut Research and Education Society meeting is coming up this week.

APRES extended the abstract submission deadline to April 5, to present at the 2018 APRES Annual Meeting, with is scheduled for July 10-12.

Abstracts can be submitted online at the APRES website and revised until April 30. (more…)

USAID taking applications to run Legume Innovation Lab

The US Agency for International Development has announced a Request for Applications to run the new Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Legume Systems Research.

The cooperative agreement would bring an estimated $35 million program to the selected university.

Get details and find out how to apply at the announcement page.

The closing date is May 30.

Webinar scheduled for Peanut Innovation Lab proposals

A webinar will be conducted on Friday, March 23, from 2-3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time to answer any questions related to two solicitations to work with the Peanut Innovation Lab. Concept notes for the projects on varietal development and value-added gains are due April 20.

Meeting ID: 249 715 287

Join the webinar from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/249715287

Or iPhone one-tap : US: +14086380968,,249715287#  or +16468769923,,249715287#

Or Telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 408 638 0968  or +1 646 876 9923  or +1 669 900 6833

International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=9Ry3WiLZpZo7wgxoyVdq8MUYmKzDUNuq

New Obama scholarship available for int’l development students

The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy is taking applications for the inaugural class of the Obama Foundation Scholars.

The program, which offers a full scholarship toward a Master of Arts in International Development and Policy (MA-IDP) at Harris Public Policy, is available to people from around the world who are already making a difference – in civil society, in government, in the private sector, or as entrepreneurs.

Applicants should have: (more…)

USAID lab seeking concept notes for capacity-building in higher-ed

The U.S. Global Development Lab is seeking concept notes for innovative approaches that go beyond traditional capacity building and propose new ways to rapidly advance scientific, technological, and innovation capacity in low- and middle-income countries. The primary goal is to propel higher-education institutions in these countries toward becoming global leaders in scientific education and research, and increase their presence as a source of knowledge and innovation for local government officials, policy makers, and other development actors. By capitalizing on the expertise and ingenuity of the global academic community, USAID also aims to promote sustainable global partnerships and advance the role of science, technology, and innovation in global development. (more…)

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