Research on grain legumes is critical to advancing the triple goals of poverty alleviation, improved maternal and child nutrition, and sustainable intensification of smallholder production systems. To those ends, USAID/Feed the Future is requesting your input on defining the research agenda for grain legumes.

Log onto Agrilinks to join a 24-hour AgExchange discussion that will inform the next phase of USAID grain legume research, including the structure of the next Feed the Future Grain Legume Innovation Lab. Our facilitators, Tracy Powell (USAID/Ethiopia), Jennifer "Vern" Long (USAID Bureau for Food Security), and Noel Ellis (Independent Consultant), will be online from March 22-23 to ask questions that get to the core of what, and how, innovations in grain legume research and development can be more effective for sustainable agricultural development.

Join us on March 22-23 to help define the USAID/Feed the Future research agenda for grain legumes. Please note that you must log into Agrilinks to join the discussion.

Please make sure to read the White Paper before you participate- it lays out the context, rationale, and questions for the AgExchange.

The actively facilitated times on March 22-23 include:

  • Tracy Powell will begin the AgExchange from Addis Ababa at 8 am Ethiopia time/ 1 am EDT (March 22)
  • Vern Long will take over in Chicago Illinois at 4 pm Ethiopia time/ 9 am EDT (March 23)
  • Noel Ellis will wrap up the chat from Auckland at 9:45 am Auckland time/ 10:45 pm Ethiopia time / Midnight EDT (March 23)

To learn more, and to join the AgExchange, visit their website
If you have any questions or need more information, please email the Agrilinks Team's Laura Ostenso at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..