Bean/Cowpea CRSP communiqué

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Bean/Cowpea CRSP communiqué
Bean/Cowpea Collaborative Research Support Program
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Bean/Cowpea CRSP, Michigan State University.


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200 International Center Michigan State University Winter, 1983

Bean/Dowpea CRSP External Review 1982
The first external review of the Bean/Cowpea CRSP
was held in East Lansing, November 1 to 5, 1982. The
External Review Panel, chaired by Dr. Clarence C.
Gray, III of the Rockefeller Foundation; included Dr.
Mel Blase, the Un~iversity of Missouri-Columbia; Dr.
Hugh Bunting, the University of Reading; Dr. ULis
Camacho, INTSOY Puerto Rico; Dr. Peter E. Hildebrand,
the University of Florida; Or. Antonio M. Pinchinat,
IICA, 00sta Rica; and Dr. Charlotte E. Roderuck, World
Food Institute, Iowa State University. Two days were
spent in project reviews with the Principal Investi-
gators. A number of U.S. collaborating scientists
and Host Country PIs also participated. The External
Review Panel met with the Technical Committee, the
Board of Directors, representatives of the Management
Entity (MSU) and the staff of the Management Office
during that week. Representatives from UfSAID, Dr.
John Yohe, Dr. Bernard Pollack and Dr. Boyd Whittle,
as well as BIFAD representatives, Dr. Fred Hutchinson
and Dr. Fred Johnson also attended the review. The
report of the External Review Panel is expected to be
available soon after January 1, 1983.

Dr. Bede Okigbo, Deputy Director of IITA in Ibadan
Nigeria (on leave) was present for the project re-
views. A number of the project research teams held
separate planning meetings while attending the Exter-
nal. Review. Team meetings were held by project per-
sonnel from the Dominican Republic Project with the
University of Nebraska and the University of Puerto
Rico; both Nigeria projects with the University of
Georgia and Michigan State University; the INCAP
project with Washington State University and colla-
borators from Colorado State University, Kansas State
University, Michigan State University and the Univer-
sity of Puerto Rico; the Honduras Project with the
Vliversity of Puerto Rico; and the Kenya Project with
the University of California at Davis and at River-
side. A number of other meetings across projects,
and among scientists from related disciplines, such
as food science, entomology and plant pathology were
also held.

Travel Tip for U.S. Participants
Most CRSP travelers are located at non-metropoli-
tan locations and begin and end their travel at those
places. Feeder-airline services providing connections
from remote stations to metro-interchange cities are
(or can be) one of the most disproportionately high
costs of your travel. You should consider the possi-
bility of using personal reimbursable transportation
or commercial limousine and bus service to reduce the
cost of travel and most times, greatly enhance your
schedule flexibility once you start and end your
travel at a metro facility. Single travelers are
sometimes realizing appreciable savings but multiple
and group travelers can save "hundreds of dollars" on
alternate transportation plans over distances of less
than a hundred miles.

Final Planned Project Established

The eighteenth and final project, planned under
the original Bean/Dowpea CRSP Planning Grant, was
approved by the CRSP Board of Directors and the Di-
rector General of INIA in Mexico in September, 1982.
This project is entitled "Improving Resistance to En-
vironmental Stress in Beans Through Genetic Selection
for Carbohydrate Partitioning and Efficiency of Bio-
logical Nitrogen Fixation."
The Bean/Cowpea CRSP brought to a close the second
implementation year with a full complement of the
planned projects. Some changes in the location of two
projects were necessary however. (Botswana as project
host country replacing Gulyana, and Mexico as project
host country with participation by CIAT replacing the
original designation of CIAT as project host).
Wore than 75 project proposals were received by
the CRSP planners in response to their invitation to
the bean and cowpea research community. The eighteen
projects now in place include concepts and scientists
from nearly 30 of the original proposals. This syn-
thesis has permitted the CRSP to be much more compre-
hensive than would otherwise have been possible, and
is responsible for the multi-disciplinary dimension
of several projects.

In aggregate, the projects make up the global plan
for CRSP research, addressing principal constraints to
bean and cowpea production and utilization which limit
availability of these nutritious staples in many parts
of Africa and Latin America. A future challenge to
the CRSP will be to assess the progress of existing
projects with a view toward re-allocation of CRSP re-
sources as current objectives are met, and as new
needs are perceived.

Everyone who has contributed to CRSP planning,
and to Program implementation should be proud to know
that the CRSP Global Plan has been established as a
working reality.

FY-82 Annual Report: Executive Summary
The Executive Summary of the Bean/00wpea CRSP
FY-82 Annual Report is available from the Management
Office. This condensed document notes the establish-
ment of the projects and the results of their first
year of implementation. It was distributed to atten-
deas at the recent External Rleview Meeting. Although
most of the projects have been operational for less
than a year, some interesting leads are already being
reported. More detailed information is available from
the respective principal investigators. Copies of
the Executive Summary are available upon request.

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Co mmuniq ue

1983 Board of Directors & Technical Committee

New members of the Board of Directors and the
Technical Committee of the Bean/Cowpea CRSP were
welcomed during the meetings held in East Lansing the
first week in November. New officers were elected
for each group.

The 1983 Board of Directors include:

Dr. Donal D. Johnson, Chrairman (Colorado State Univ.)
Dr. Landis Boyd, Secretary (Washington State Univ.)
Dr. Dale P. Harpstead (Michigan State Univ.)
Dr. Calvin Qualset (Univ. of California-Davis)
Dr. Antonio Velez-Ramos (Univ. of Puerto Rico)

Their next meeting will. be held February 10 in Denver,

The 1983 Technical Committee includes:

Dr. Fred Bliss, Chairman (Univ. of wisconsin)
Or. Tony Ha~ll, Secretary (Univ. of Calif.-Riverside)
Or. Ricardo Bressani (INCAP, GuJatemala)
Or. Dermot P. Done (Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Or. Jullio Lopez-Rosa (Univ. of Pu~erto Rico)
Dr. Matt Silbernagel (washington State Univ.)
Dr. Shiv R. Singh (IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria)

Their next meeting will be January 13 in Detroit.

Bean/Compea Special Thanks

The Bean/Cowpea CRSP is most appreciative of the
extensive work and dedication of the out-going mem-
bers of' the Board of Directors and Technical Com-
mittee in bringing the CRSP through its first two
years and getting all 18 of the planned projects im-
plemented. A special note of thanks is expressed to
the out-going Technical Committee Chairperson of two
years, Dr. Barbara Webster (UC, Davis) and out-going
secretary Dr. Larry Beuchat (Univ. of G;A). The unique
and insightful contributions of Or. Aart Van Schoon-
have~n (CIAT) have been particularly valuable as were
the important ideas' contributed by Dr. Azuka Dike
(Unliv. of Nigeria, Nsukka). The Board will miss the
able support and guidance of Dr. joe Metz (Cornell)
and Dr. Bob Hougas.

The CRSP is inoeed grateful for the significant
work on its behalf Dy these persons.


Meet the Chairperson of the External Review Panel
3r. Clarence G. G~ray, III

Dr. Gray is an outstanding scientist with more
than twenty years of professional experience in rural
development and international agriculture in deve~lop-
ing countries. He is Associate Director for Agricul-
tural Sciences for the Rockefeller Foundation, having
had supervisory responsibility for the Foundation's
Agricultural programs in Asia. He has also had re-
sponsibility for development programs in China, Nlepal,
Ceylon, Jordan, Egypt, with the United States Agency
for International Development as well as the R~ocke-
feller Foundation. Prior to his international in-
volvement, Dr. Gray, his wife, Shirley, and their
three children were at Virginia State College where
he held an appointment as Associate Professor of
agronomy. Dr. Gray received his Master's and Ph.D.
in Soil Sciences at Michigan State University. Cr
gently he serves as a Trustee and Chairman of the
Board of the International Rice Research Institute,
as well as a member of the Advisory Council of the
New York College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at
Dornell University. Dr. Gray's exceptional dedication
to: science and human service provide the leadership
so valuable to the goals of the Beari/Cowpea CRSP.
His tenure as Chairperson of the External Review
Panel of the Be~an/00wpea CRSP will be very important
in the substantive evolution of the CRSP.

Or. Okiqbo Consults with_ Bean/00wpea

Dr. Bede Okigbo, Deputy Director of IITA, is at
Cornell University and Michigan State University for
his sabbatic leave. During his stay at MSU, he will
spend some of his time with the Bean/Cowpes OTSP to
review ad evaluate the individual CRSP projects. His
review will have special emphasis on the projects'
potential for impact on the CR5P goal identified in
the grant as "to make a significant contribution in
improving the living conditions of small producers in
LOCs and increased availability of low cost nutritious
Poodstuffs in the marketplace for the rural and urban
poor in LOCs."

Dr. Okigbo, who received his Ph.0 from Cornell
;-liversity, has extensive experience in research
management, and combines the perspective of the
international centers with his earlier experience as
Professor and Head of Plant/Soil Sciences Department
of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, to bring unique
expertise to the CRSP.

Bean/Cowpea Collaborative Research Support Program
Room 200, Center for International Programs
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Telephone: (517)355-4693 Telex: 8102510737

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