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Ready-to-cook pulses: here comes an era of affordable processed pulse products

Blog post by Dr Eliud Birachi, CIAT

Enjoy the nutrition and convenience of processed pulse products
Cooking dry grain pulses in about 15 minutes? I don’t think that is possible, maybe with a pressure cooker? But the pressure cooker easily mashes the beans or is not available in many households! That is a question that most of us may find incredible to be asked, but still interesting. Why haven't there been any pulse-based items in the meal? You ask any middle-level hotel in Uganda or other parts of Africa and the response would be: “Preparing the pulses takes a long time, and we cannot offer the readily available canned beans, they are very expensive.” Response from a household will not be too different! “We can cook once a week and have them last for at least two days. We can’t cook every day; it requires a lot of fuel and time.” Continue reading>>>

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Author: Satish Nagaraji
Posted: May 18, 2016, 2:56 am
2016 International Conference on Pulses for Health, Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture in Drylands opened today April 18, 2016, Rabat, Morocco – The 2016 International Conference on Pulses for Health, Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture in Drylands opened today in Marrakesh, Morocco, including 350 participants coming from 35 countries, alongside policy-makers, agriculture research organizations, scientists, farmers, the private sector and donors. Pulses are highly nutritious food legumes. The goal of the conference is to improve the nutritional situation of almost two billion…
Author: Satish Nagaraji
Posted: April 18, 2016, 3:53 am
This post was first published in ICRISAT News Message from Professor Chandra Madramootoo, Board Chair, ICRISAT Pulses are truly magic, offering a win-win-win situation for the farmer, the consumer and the planet. Farmers and consumers globally would benefit by being more ‘pulse smart’. They are multi-functional crops that are good for nutrition and soil productivity, and are dryland crops that need less water and have the potential to weather climate change. Traditionally pulses were an important part of daily diets,…
Author: Satish Nagaraji
Posted: March 10, 2016, 4:53 am
REPORT: Global Research and Funding Survey on Pulse Productivity and Sustainability A new global survey among leading agricultural research institutions and personnel shows a concern that the current level of research funding into pulses – the edible dried seeds of legume crops, such as lentils, dry peas, chickpeas and beans – is too low and this may be handicapping efforts to improve food security and agricultural sustainability. The ‘Global Pulse Productivity & Sustainability Survey’ suggests that annual investment hovers at…
Author: Satish Nagaraji
Posted: March 3, 2016, 5:06 am
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