This research was conducted from 1996 to 2007 by the Peanut Collaborative Research Support Program (Peanut CRSP). USAID renamed its international groundnut research initiative the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Peanut Productivity and Mycotoxin Control in 2013.

Program Director: Dr. Jonathan H. Williams

Assistant Director: Dr. David G. Cummins

Host: University of Georgia, Griffin GA USA

Target Countries: Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Malawi, Mali, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand and Uganda.

Focus: This grant for international research on groundnut addressed the following major themes:

  • Mycotoxins
  • Nutrition
  • Production efficiency
  • Socioeconomic forces
  • Utilization
  • Post-harvest issues

Cross-cutting areas such as gender equality and capacity building featured prominently in all research.



Lead Scientist


Simulation of Peanut Cropping Systems to Improve Production Efficiency and Enhance Natural Resource Management (UFL 13P)

Kenneth J. Boote

University of Florida

Development and Use of Multiple-Pest Resistance to Improve Production Efficiency of Peanut (UFL 16P)

Dan Gorbet

University of Florida

Breeding Peanut for Better Productivity and Quality (TAM 17P)

Mark Burow

Texas A&M University/Lubbock

Improved Production Efficiency through Standardized, Integrated, and Enhanced Research and Technology (NCS 19P)

Rick Brandenburg

North Carolina State University

Control Strategies for Peanut Viruses: Transgenic Resistance, Natural Resistance, and Virus Variability (UGA 28P)

Carl Deom

 University of Georgia

Development of Sustainable Peanut Production Technologies for Amerindian Villages in the Rupununi region of Guyana (UFL 52P)

Greg McDonald

University of Florida

Valencia Peanut Breeding for High Yield, Early Maturity, and Resistance to Fungal Diseases, and Good Quality

Naveen Puppala

New Mexico State University, Clovis

Biochemical and Molecular Responses of  Peanut to Drought Stress and Their Role in Aflatoxin Contamination (FAM 51P)

Mehboob Seikh

Florida A&M University

Extrusion Cooking of Peanut Meal in the Presence of Lysine to Deactivate Aflatoxin and Improve Nutritional Quality (UGA 01)

Richard Phillips

University of Georgia

Development of Peanut Postharvest handling and Processing Technologies for the Food Industry in the Philippines and Southeast Asia (UGA 04)

Anna Resurreccion

University of Georgia

Development and Transfer of Peanut Technologies in Bulgaria, Eastern Europe (UGA 11)

Manjeet S. Chinnan

University of Georgia

Development of Value-added Products from Peanuts and Aflatoxin Detoxification in Senegal and West Africa (NCA 32)

Mohamed Ahmedna

North Carolina A&T University

Use of Chemoprotection in Product Development to Improve Safety and Production of Peanut Products in Ghana, West Africa (OKS 55)

Margaret Hinds

Oklahoma State University

Aflatoxin Impacts on Immune Systems (UAB 56)

Pauline Jolly

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Effects of Peanut Consumption on Hunger, Ingestive Behavior, Energy Expenditure, and Coronary Heart Disease Risk (PUR 10)

Richard Mattes

Purdue University

Systems Research to Assess Risk of Preharvest Aflatoxin Contamination and to Develop Technologies to Reduce Aflatoxin Contamination of Peanut (UGA 22)

Garrit Hoogenboom

University of Georgia

Genetic Approaches to Eliminate Aflatoxin Contamination of Peanuts (UWI 49)

Nancy Keller and David Wilson

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Sustainable Enterosorbent Strategies for the Protection of African Populations from Aflatoxin (TAM 50)

Timothy Phillips

Texas A&M University, College Station

Impact Assessment of Socioeconomic Contextual Influences on Adoption of Peanut-CRSP-supported new Technologies (NCS 07)

Robert Moxley

North Carolina State University

Analysis of Response of Peanut Production in West Africa: Policy Implications of Currency Devaluation (VT 09)

Michael Bertelsen, George Norton

Virginia Tech University

Production Efficiency and Market Development of Peanuts and Peanut Products for Ghana, Benin, and Bulgaria (AUB 30)

Curtis Jolly

Auburn University

Socioeconomic Impacts of Alternative Peanut Production marketing Systems in Senegal (UCN 36)

Boris Bravo-Ureta

University of Connecticut

Gender Issues in Aflatoxin Incidence and Control in Groundnut Production Systems in West Africa (VT 54)

Colette Harris

Virginia Tech University

The World Geography of Peanut: Global Networking Approach to Social equity, Environmental Protection, and Technology Exchange (UGA 05)

Robert Rhodes

University of Georgia

Training for Southeast Asian Region (UGA 37)

Anna Resurreccion

University of Georgia

Long- and Short-term Training in Host Country Scientists (UGA 38)

Jonathan Williams

University of Georgia

Program Support (UGA 39)

Jonathan Williams

University of Georgia

International Collaboration (UGA 40)

Jonathan Williams

University of Georgia

Management of the Peanut CRSP (UGA 41)

Jonathan Williams

University of Georgia