Through its 4.5-year award from USAID, the Legume Innovation Lab supports capacity building in the countries in which our projects are active, believing that graduate student training that the research capacity of scientists in developing countries. This improved research capacity then further contributes to the long-term agricultural expertise that positively impacts people and communities.
Beginning this year (2014) the Communications Office in the Legume Innovation Lab plans to highlight the work of its many graduate students. Please mark this page and return to it often to read about the advances in grain legume research being made by graduate students affiliated with the Legume Innovation Lab.
One of the graduate students supported through the Legume Innovation Lab is Kelvin Kamfwa, a doctoral student in the Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology Program at Michigan State University. Under the guidance of Jim Kelly, Legume Innovation Lab PI and University Distinguished Professor, Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, MSU, Kamfwa researches the genetics of biological nitrogen fixation in dry beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). A video produced by MSU's CABS Office focused on Kamfwa in a video produced earlier this year (2014), entitled MSU Plant Breedng Inside Out. The focus on Kamfwa's work begins at time frame 1:33.