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Common Bean Productivity Research for Global Food Security Competitive Grants Program PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 April 2012 18:31

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture, more commonly referred to as NIFA, is a federal government agency created under the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008.

The grants and programs of the NIFA are all designed to assist in the realization of its overall agency mission which is to "stimulate and fund the research and technological innovations that will enhance American agriculture and make it more productive and environmentally sustainable while ensuring the economic viability of agriculture and production."

In keeping with this mission, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture has recently established the Common Bean Productivity Research for Global Food Security Competitive Grants Program in an attempt to develop approaches and methods that can efficiently address the various challenges facing common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) production among small holder producers in food insecure countries.

Common bean, Phaseolus vulgaris, is a widely produced product throughout food insecure areas of the world including many Feed the Future countries such as East and Southern Africa. The program was primarily established to assist these countries in the process of dealing with the hurdles and challenges that shortchange smallholder producers of common bean.

The NIFA strongly encourages the applicants to concentrate on the following bean production research (BPR) areas:

a) Reducing Production Constraints from Soil Borne Pathogens - Soil borne pathogen pressure on common bean is considered a significant constraint to bean production. Such pathogens and associated root rots already reduce production in areas with high rainfall, and as instances of rainfall increases, the issue is deemed to be more limiting.

b) Improving Transformation Technologies - The process of successful transformation of the bean has always been very much limited. The program organizers perceive that the development new methodologies and approaches in the area of transformation technology is very much essential in removing the roadblocks to transformation.

To support the activities that are covered under the Common Bean Productivity Research for Global Food Security Competitive Grants Program, the National Institutes of Food and Agriculture is set to administer funds in the amount of $4,500,000.

The institutions and organizations who will be deemed eligible to submit an application under this program are the following:

a) State governments
b) County governments
c) City or township governments
d) Independent school districts
e) Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
f) Federally recognized Native American tribal governments
g) Nonprofit organizations
h) Small businesses
i) For-profit organizations other than small businesses

Iola Bonggay is an editor of TopGovernmentGrants.com. She maintains Websites providing resources on small business grants and home improvement grants.

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