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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>>>

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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Author: Satish Nagaraji
Posted: November 9, 2016, 4:00 am
The “Morocco Declaration on Pulses as Solutions to Food and Nutrition Security, Agricultural Sustainability and Climate Change Adaptation” was adopted in the first week of May 2016 by the over 400 participants of the 2016 International Conference on Pulses for Health, Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture in Drylands, held in Marrakesh, April 18-20. The conference gathered world science experts to find a path forward for boosting pulses production in developing countries through measures in science, research for development investments, policy and…
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
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