Peanut Collaborative Research Support program (PEANUT Innovation Lab)

Virginia Tech partnership with the University of Georgia seeks to promote economic growth and improve human health and nutrition through peanut research.

Year: Phase III, 2007-2012
Granting Agency: USAID
Grant #:RC710-025/3842118
Grant Amount: $700,000
Location: Uganda (phase III); Senegal, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and a regionally-focused project covering all of Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean (phase II).

Project Overview:
The Peanut Innovation Lab, managed by the University of Georgia, works to improve the health and livelihood of people in West Africa by addressing aflatoxin and gender-related constraints in peanut production, processing and marketing. OIRED-led socioeconomic research conducted in East Africa focuses on the consequences of policy changes and the impact of peanut research on production. The aflatoxin project is examining gender roles and strategies for preventing aflatoxin contamination in peanuts. Aflatoxin contamination is a major health problem in Africa.

Summary of Gender Report for Peanut Innovation Lab, October 2007 (PDF)

Peanut Collaborative Research Support Program (Peanut Innovation Lab) Phase II 

Peanut Collaborative Research Support Program (Peanut Innovation Lab) Phase III

Virginia Tech faculty involved: 

  • Dr. Maria Elisa Christie - Program Director, Women and Gender in International Development
  • Kumar Mallikarjunan - Associate Professor, Biological Systems Engineering

Recent Peanut Innovation Lab Stories

Farmers' Stories From Kamuli - Women and men farmers from the Namwendwa Sub-County in the Kamuli District of Uganda have long depended on the groundnut (peanut) as a vital source of food and livelihood. It is central to their culture. This book raises awareness of the problems caused by aflatoxins in groundnut and other crops and suggests appropriate post-harvest practices to reduce their impact on health and nutrition. Farmers were asked to trace the path of the groundnut from field to plate. Here they describe their groundnut practices both before and after harvest. In addition to the personal farmer accounts, maps, and drawings, the book includes recipes, providing a rich appreciation of the importance of groundnut in everyday life in this region of the country. To download a printer-friendly copy of the book, use this link: Farmers' Stories From Kamuli (PDF, 3.04 MB).

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Dr. Archileo Kaay of Makerere University buys peanuts at the market in Gulu, Uganda as Dr. Tim Williams, Director of the Peanut Innovation Lab, and Pauline Lukwayi, northern representative of the National Association of Women Organizations in Uganda, look on.




Tim Williams tours the Food Science and Technology labs at Makerere University with Dr. Archileo Kaaya and Dr. Benjamin Sentongo. 





Little boys play in a peanut field in the Gulu district of northern Uganda while their mothers work the land.






Peanut farmers watch while their fields are inspected.