The Cochran Fellowship Program’s Latin America and Caribbean Region is requesting the design and delivery of a training program for a cohort of up to seven Fellows from Costa Rica and seven Fellows from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras for a total of 14 Fellows.
- The recipient will ensure that the Fellows increase their knowledge in the following areas:
- Production and supply chain
- Dry bean varieties
- Quality specifications
- Nutritional value of U.S. dry beans
- Using dry beans as ingredients
- Dry bean consumer products
- Market and retail trends
- New product development
- The program should provide participants with a thorough understanding of the different varieties and uses of U.S. dry beans. In particular, USDA notes an opportunity to introduce dry bean products as ingredients in processed foods.
- The program should provide the Fellows an overview of the U.S. dry bean industry showcasing the quality, nutritional value, and versatility of U.S. dry beans.
- Topics should provide an overview of U.S. dry beans including variety and quality. The program should expose Fellows to the dry bean supply chain, farming practices and technology, storage, processing, grading, and inspection procedures. Additional topics should include U.S. dry bean market trends and practices, use of dry beans, and ingredients for processed products.
- The training program should include visits to farms, processing facilities, and retailers as well as a meeting with the U.S. Dry Bean Export Council.
- The objective of the program is to educate the Fellows on U.S. dry beans, their varieties, and their uses. The goal of the program is to increase the Fellows’ capacity for understanding applications of agricultural research, extension, and teaching; and to increase trade linkages between Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and the United States.
- Total Available Federal Funding: up to $140,000
- Anticipated Number of Awards: 1
- Cost Share/Match Requirement: None/Not Required
- Projected Period of Performance Start: August 15, 2022
- Projected Period of Performance End: December 31, 2023
- Type of Assistance Instrument: Cost-Reimbursable Agreement
- U.S. State Cooperative Institutions or other colleges and universities in the United States.
- Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
- Private institutions of higher education
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=341506