Members of the Research Management Committee of the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes met for the first time at the ICRISAT headquarters on 4-5 December to map out activities for 2014-15 and for phase II of the program.

While putting together the ideas and work plan for the next phase, the members took stock of the progress and the gaps. The committee also brainstormed on the budget, gender strategy, monitoring and evaluation plans, and communication outreach plans that the program should adopt.

Delegates of the Research Management Committee meeting of the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes.

Delegates of the Research Management Committee meeting of the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes.

The CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes led by ICRISAT in partnership with the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), and several other public and private partners, works on eight crops across four regions including South and Southeast Asia, Central & West Asia and North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and sub-Saharan Africa.

The Product Lines (PL) of the research program are categorized thematically, cross-cutting the regions and crops. Effectively managing the complex structure and focusing on the research for development activities was the primary focus of the discussions.

The Research Management Committee members include eight Product Line Coordinators, Directors of USAID’s Feed the Future Innovation Labs for Collaborative Research on Peanut and Mycotoxins, and the Legume Innovation Lab. Updates on the research activities by each Product Line Coordinator were reported at the meeting.

Speaking at the meeting, ICRISAT Director General Dr William D. Dar stated that the program’s success depended on the impact it creates.

Dr William D.Dar addressing the RMC members

Dr William D.Dar addressing the RMC members

Dr Noel Ellis, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes chaired and led the discussions. Planning the research activities to achieve socio-economic and development impacts was one of the underlining focus of the discourse.
Drs Steve Beebe from CIAT, and Michel Ghanem and Shiv Agrawal from ICARDA contributed to the discussions.

Dr Patrick Okori from ICRISAT Malawi, and Drs Pooran Gaur and Rajeev Varshney from the ICRISAT headquarters brought in their research and management experiences to the discussion table.

Drs S Gopalakrishnan and CV Sameer Kumar actively participated in the meeting as the focal points for Product Lines 4 and 8, respectively.