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BEAN / COWPEA CRSP
200 Center for International Programs Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1035
CRSP Program Officers/Director's Meeting
The CRSP was represented by Dr. Barnes-McConnell, Dr.
Dale Harpstead (from the Board of Directors), and me
at the February 14-16 CRSP Directors/Program Officers
Meeting in Washington. This meeting has taken on an
annual flavor. The agenda included discussion of
policy as well as operational matters. Highlights
follow in summary.
Dr. Jack Robins has assigned Dr. Anson Bertrand as
lead executive for CRSPs in the AID Bureau of Science
and Technology. Dr. John Yohe, who participated in
planning our CRSP and was AID Program Officer for the
CRSP in 1981 and 1982, reports to Dr. Bertrand. Our
current Program Officer, Dr. Bernard Pollack, reports
to Dr. Yohe.
Dr. Nyle Brady reiterated his own and Administrator
McPherson's enthusiasm and expectations for the CRSPs
as principal means (with the IARCs) for research per-
formance on behalf of AID. He urged CRSP participants
not to permit technical services, extension, or other
activities to distract them from research goals, while
recognizing that training, institution building, and
development of professional linkages in international
networks are also valid CRSP objectives.
Procedures for extension of CRSPs were reviewed, and
this year the Bean/Cowpea CRSP will request extension
for years 1986-87-88. While individual projects will
be subject to review and Board of Directors' decisions
regarding continuation, I have no doubt the CRSP will
be extended at least through 1988.
The message was clear that CRSP project teams and ad-
ministrators must work closely with Mission cadre to
insure that Missions understand CRSP research and
Missions recognize relevance of projects to Mission
goals. A Mission role in CRSP review processes is
being developed and will increase the importance of
The meeting, which provided opportunity for CRSP input
to AID, focused on research professionalism as the
basis for future success of CRSPs' generation of re-
search results relevant to development needs. It em-
phasized need for strengthening the CRSP-AID interface
at all levels, and for judicious use of CRSP resources
in pursuit of stated objectives. More details are
available from Principal Investigators, or the Man-
In these days of rapidly devaluating currencies in
some countries, don't change any more money than
necessary because dollar shortages remain acute and
dollars may be difficult to find on leaving.
Meet the Chairperson of the Technical Committee
Dr. Fred Bliss
While demonstrating outstanding skill and leadership
in his role as chairperson of the Bean/Cowpea CRSP
Technical Committee, Dr. Bliss maintains that he is
happiest and most creative in his role as laboratory
and field scientist doing research and supervising his
graduate students. His international reputation in
nitrogen fixation (BNF) and seed protein improvement
are evidence of the high level of productivity which
is making a major contribution to international agri-
culture and food production. He also works on im-
provement of snap bean for processing in Wisconsin.
Dr. Bliss has been on the faculty of the Univ. of
Wisconsin since 1966 teaching courses in vegetable
crop production and plant breeding. He supervises
approximately 8 graduate students a year, 40X of whom
are typically non-US students predominantly from de-
veloping countries, and 25%-30% of whom are female.
Originally from Nebraska, Or. Bliss received his Ph.D.
in 1965 in Horticulture-Genetics from the Univ. of
Wisconsin followed by a NIH Post-doctoral Fellowship
at the Univ. of Minnesota in Genetics, 1965-66. He
began his international involvement in 1966 as a lec-
turer at the University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria,
teaching agricultural science and initiated cowpea
and tomato breeding programs. Since then, he has
been involved in Latin America as well as additional
sites in Africa.
In the Bean/Cowpea CRSP, Dr. Bliss is the Principal
Investigator of a project titled, "Identification of
Superior Bean-Rhizobia Combinations for Utilization of
Cropping Systems Suitable to Small Farms in Brazil."
His host country colleague is Mr. Pedro Pereira of the
Centro Nacional de Pesquisa de Arroz e Feijao (CNPAF),
EMBRAPA, Goiania, Brazil. This project received high
marks during the recent External Review for work be-
ginning to show that when soil nitrogen is limiting,
the use of particular bean lines capable of enhanced
BNF will produce yield increases equivalent to the
addition of 40 kg/ha of nitrogen. This work will be
particularly significant to limited resource farmers.
Dr. Bliss' hobbies include an active interest in
soccer, a game he frequently coaches, having decided
that staying in shape to play the game is next to im-
possible given his demanding professional commitment.
Additionally, his intention to pursue further language
study in Spanish and Portuguese will strengthen his
present competency in spanish.
Dr. Bliss' leadership of the Technical Committee is
significant as the 18 projects of Bean/Cowpea CRSP
settle into their collaborative relationships and
begin to produce results supportive of the Title
XII freedom from hunger goal.
MSU i an Affrmaive Action/Equal Opportunity Institution
Bean/Cowpea Collabo at ve Reearch Si pprl
Room 200, Center for international
Michigan State Un versit
East Lansing, MI U8824-1035
Telephone: (517) 355-4693 Teiex : 810 251 0
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Dr. Peter E. Hildebrand, Professor
Food and Res. Economics Dept.
Institute of Food & Ag. Sciences
1125 McCarty Hall
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611
External Review Panel Report is Issued
Personal Note (cont.)
A comprehensive, week-long review of the Bean/Cowpea
CRSP projects and management was held in November,
1982. In December, a report of that effort was pub-
lished and made available. All 18 projects of the
CRSP are functioning and received attention from the
Members of the ERP are Dr. Clarence C. Gray, III,
Chairman, Associate Director for Agricultural Sci-
ences of the Rockefeller Foundation; Dr. Charlotte E.
Roderuck, Director of the World Food Institute, Iowa
State Univ.; Dr. Antonio M. Pinchinat, Coordinator of
the Agricultural Production Committee, IICA, Costa
Rica; Dr. Peter E. Hildebrand, Professor in the De-
partment of Food and Resource Economics, Univ. of
Florida; Dr. Luis H. Camacho, INTSOY Plant Breeder,
Univ. of Puerto Rico; Dr. Hugh Bunting, Professor
(retired) of Agricultural Development Overseas, univ.
of Reading; and Dr. Melvin Blase, Professor Agricul-
tural Economics, Univ. of Missouri.
After a thorough review that included audio-visual
presentations by project teams, surveying an array of
project documents and assessing project accomplish-"
ments and constraints, the ERP made specific sugges-
tions as to efforts which would strengthen the indi-'
vidual projects. The report has been accepted by the
CRSP Board of Directors, the Technical Committee and
administrators of Michigan State University (Manage-
ment Entity), all of whom have proceeded to act on
the recommendations. These groups have expressed
gratitude to the ERP for their insightful contribu-
tions to the on-going work of the Bean/Cowpea CRSP.
A Personal Note from the Director
I have accepted the position of Associate Dean and
Director of the Institute for International Agricul-
ture of the College of Agriculture and Natural Res-
ources at Michigan State University. The incumbent
(and my present administrator), Dr. Irving Wyeth, will
retire and I expect to succeed him within a few
Leading the Management Office staff and facilitating
the functions of CRSP participants has been the most
rewarding and exciting work in my life thus far. In
my new role I will supervise my successor in the CRSP
Management Office and you can be sure I will sustain
great interest in all CRSP activities.
Meanwhile, the Management Entity will appreciate your
suggestions and support during recruitment and will
ask your patience during a transition period.
The Management Entity is recruiting a WID/Program
Specialist for the staff position now vacant in the
CRSP Management Office. This staff person will advise
and reinforce CRSP activities in ways supportive of
women and their families in host countries, as well
as professional women in both U.S. and host country
The WID/Program Specialist is a member of the CRSP
management team and must become thoroughly knowledge-
able about project goals, activities, and personnel.
The position involves domestic and international tra-
vel. Candidates should have demonstrated competency
in WID as a component of a development-related
Candidates must hold at least an MS degree in a devel-
opment-related discipline, and provide evidence of ad-
ministrative skills, leadership qualities and interna-
tional experience and/or training in international
development. Evidence of writing skills and profici-
ency in cross-cultural and interdisciplinary group
processes will be required. Skills in Spanish,
Portuguese, or French will be helpful.
Qualified candidates should send a letter of applica-
tion, resume, and names/addresses/telephone numbers of
3 references to the Director, Bean/Cowpea CRSP, 200
International Center, Michigan State University, East
Lansing, MI 48824, before June 15, 1983.
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