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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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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
Urmila Pujari belongs to the Bhumia tribe of eastern state of Orissa in India, a culturally rich and one of the largest tribes in India. The tribe practices agriculture as its primary occupation, with very few farmers cultivating pulses (food legumes). Urmila’s village of Bhejaguda is one the 28 tribal villages that has been brought into the folds of ‘Pulses Panchayat’, a bold and innovative movement that aims to revolutionize India’s pulses production. India’s pulses sector has been much in…
Author: Satish Nagaraji
Posted: December 25, 2016, 9:16 am
This blog post was first published on IYP2016.org  Author: Esther Njuguna-Mungai, Gender Research Scientist, CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes The 2016 International Year of Pulses has brought global attention to the important roles that pulses play in food, environment, and livelihood systems around the world. Smallholder farmers grow a significant portion of pulse crops and 67% of global pulse production happens in Africa and Asia. Through different value chains, pulses are moved from areas of production to areas of…
Author: Satish Nagaraji
Posted: December 15, 2016, 11:28 am
10 Year Research Strategy – Pulse Crops – Final Draft (707 KB) Download the 10-Year Research Strategy presentation from the IYP Global Dialogue here.  The UN Food and Agriculture Organization has declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYP) to encourage connections throughout the food chain that would better utilize pulse-based proteins, further global production of pulses, increase the efficiency of crop rotations, and address trade challenges. The International Year creates a unique moment to showcase transformative research investments that…
Author: Satish Nagaraji
Posted: November 24, 2016, 12:14 pm
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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
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Mathews, C and Ogola, J B O and Botha, W and Magongwa, M and Gaur, P M (2016) First report of root rot caused byPythiumspp. on chickpea in South Africa. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section B — Soil & Plant Science, 66 (4). pp. 379-380. ISSN 0906-4710
Posted: January 8, 2017, 8:19 am
Chakraborty, J and Sen, S and Ghosh, P and Sengupta, A and Basu, D and Das, S (2016) Homologous promoter derived constitutive and chloroplast targeted expression of synthetic cry1Ac in transgenic chickpea confers resistance against Helicoverpa armigera. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture (PCTOC), 125 (3). pp. 521-535. ISSN 0167-6857
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Purushothaman, R and Krishnamurthy, L and Upadhyaya, H D and Vadez, V and Varshney, R K (2016) Genotypic variation in soil water use and root distribution and their implications for drought tolerance in chickpea. Functional Plant Biology. 01-18. ISSN 1445-4408
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