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Grain Legumes: championing pulses research through 2016, the International Year of Pulses

Pulse crops play significant roles both in human diets and agriculture, and contribute to sustainable farming. However, their full potential was less understood and highlighted until recently. To promote the unique quality of pulses the year 2016 was declared as the International Year of Pulses (IYP) by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. IYP 2016 was meant to create opportunities and encourage all stakeholders, including national governments to work towards improving pulses’ production and consumption.

Over a hundred events were organized globally by international governments, the UN and scientists to celebrate the IYP. The official launch of the International Year of Pulses took place on 10 November 2015 at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquartered in Rome.

The CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes (Grain Legumes) played a significant advocacy role in accelerating transformative research on pulse crops that would allow them to deliver on their full potential as a critical player in the global food system. Grain Legumes supported an array of activities all through 2016 to strengthen research on pulses.
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Pulse crops play significant roles both in human diets and agriculture, and contribute to sustainable farming. However, their full potential was less understood and highlighted until recently. To promote the unique quality of pulses the year 2016 was declared as the International Year of Pulses (IYP) by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. IYP 2016 was meant to create opportunities and encourage all stakeholders, including national governments to work towards improving pulses’ production and consumption. Over a hundred events were…
Author: Satish Nagaraji
Posted: January 19, 2017, 2:30 am
Visit the Global Pulses Day Album for more photographs Celebrating the Global Pulse Day 2017, Grain Legumes through ICRISAT Cafeteria served about 1000 pulse-based meals. A range of dishes from Indian and continental cuisines was the menu at the ICRISAT Cafeteria today. The platter included pigeonpea dosa (pancake), mix lentil salad, kidney bean pasta soup, chickpea hummus, cowpea masala, sprouts pilaf and beans chocolate tart. The celebration not only aimed at creating awareness on pulses and their importance to the…
Author: Satish Nagaraji
Posted: January 19, 2017, 2:28 am
This blog post was first published on ICRISAT Agri-buzz Blog post by Dr R Padmaja, Senior Scientist – Gender Research Markets, Institutions, Nutrition & Diversity Innovation Systems for the Drylands Program, ICRISAT. Pulses continue to be a major source of protein in Indian diets and play a vital role in sustaining agricultural growth. Increasing pulse production is therefore important for improving food availability, soil health, diet quality and nutrition security. Today is Global Pulse Day. And a study by ICRISAT…
Author: Satish Nagaraji
Posted: January 18, 2017, 8:56 am
Recognizing the critical role of pulses in achieving food and nutrition security, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared 2016 as the International Year of Pulses (IYP). IYP 2016 was meant to create opportunities and encourage all stakeholders, including national governments to work towards improving pulses’ productivity and production. More importantly, the focus was on enhancing investments in R4D and extension services to do so. Riding on the momentum of the International Year of Pulses, January 18 of every year is…
Author: Satish Nagaraji
Posted: January 16, 2017, 9:29 am
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Sharma, S and Upadhyaya, H D (2016) Interspecific hybridization to introduce useful genetic variability for pigeonpea improvement. Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding, 76 (4). pp. 496-503. ISSN 0975-6906
Posted: February 10, 2017, 10:29 am
Saxena, K B and Sultana, R and Bhatnagar-Mathur, P and Saxena, R K and Chauhan, Y S and Kumar, R V and Singh, I P and Raje, R S and Tikle, A N (2016) Accomplishments and challenges of pigeonpea breeding research in India. The Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding, 76 (4). pp. 467-482. ISSN 0975-6906
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Janila, P and Rupavatharam, S and Sameer Kumar, C V and Samineni, S and Gaur, P M and Varshney, R K (2016) Technologies for Intensification of Production and Uses of Grain Legumes for Nutrition Security. Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy, 82 (5). pp. 1541-1553. ISSN 0370-0046
Posted: February 1, 2017, 10:07 am
Srivastava, R and Bajaj, D and Sayal, Y K and Meher, P K and Upadhyaya, H D and Kumar, R and Tripathi, S and Bharadwaj, C and Rao, A R and Parida, S K (2016) Genome-wide development and deployment of informative intron-spanning and intron-length polymorphism markers for genomics-assisted breeding applications in chickpea. Plant Science, 252. pp. 374-387. ISSN 01689452
Posted: January 9, 2017, 6:30 am
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