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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…

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Global Pulses Day 2017

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…

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10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops

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…

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Open Call for Case Studies for the “Gender, Breeding and Genomics” Workshop

Organized by the CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network’s Gender and Breeding working group Submission deadline: May 15, 2016 You are invited to submit an abstract for a Case Study of plant or animal breeding that has successfully incorporated gender considerations into its strategies and end products, demonstrating attention to contrasting needs and preferences of men and women end users (producers or consumers). A small number of case study authors will be invited to present their study at the workshop “Gender, Breeding and…

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Nutrient-dense, climate-resilient future crops contribute to poverty reduction

The ISPC Science Forum 2016 will be co-hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and held from 12-14 April 2016 in Addis Ababa addressing the topic of: “Agricultural research for rural prosperity: rethinking the pathways.” A breakout session which will serve as a documented discussion on how agricultural research on Nutrient-dense climate-resilient future crops has or can contribute to poverty reduction is being organized. (Click to read the background paper) The session, one of the four break-out…

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Tropical Legumes III annual meet focuses on firming up country work plans

At the first annual meet of the Tropical Legumes III (TL III) the various partners presented revised country work plans along the three broad areas of: gender, breeding and seed systems, and monitoring, learning and evaluation. Dr Jeff Ehlers, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, stressed, “We need to understand the current status, identify gaps and move forward more collectively in order to achieve TL III objectives.” “Focus on farmers, building capacities and honor the urgency should be…

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Transformational gender approaches in legumes research and development: cases of excellence

Concurrent plenary session Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2016.Time: 16:00 hrs    Chaired by Dr Esther Njuguna-Mungai, Gender Research Coordinator, CGIAR Research program on Grain Legumes, the plenary will address the questions about best practices in integrating gender analysis in more technical research areas such as  breeding.  The plenary session will highlight the various perspectives of three international researchers who have dealt with this issue from its different aspects, using varied approaches, yet achieving success. Dr Sally Humphries, a scholar from the University of Guelph, has…

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World Food Prize laureate, Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram inaugurates ICARDA's Global Pulses Research Platform near Bhopal, India - See more at:

ICARDA launches Global Pulses Research Platform in India

ICARDA launched the Global Pulses Research Platform near Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh state, India, yesterday on February 24, 2016. The Platform was inaugurated by guest of honor, Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram, World Food Prize laureate and renowned agricultural scientist. The Platform, managed as a partnership of ICARDA with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), the State Government, and the Government of India, aims to boost the region’s pulses production significantly and reduce dependency on import. In India and South Asia,…

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Call for exciting and cutting-edge papers on cowpea and legumes

For joint World Cowpea and Pan-African Grain Legume Conference Abstracts of papers for oral or poster presentations are invited for the upcoming Joint World Cowpea and Pan-African Grain Legume Research Conference 2016 to be held from 28 February to 4 March 2016 at the Zambezi Sun Hotel in Livingstone, Zambia. Papers should focus on innovative research, technology/knowledge dissemination and/or private sector business development activities relative to grain legumes (pulses) important to Africa, including cowpea, common bean, pigeon pea, chickpea, faba…

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Grain Legumes is a partnership among four CGIAR Research Institutes: ICRISAT as lead center, CIAT, ICARDA and IITA, along with several public and private institutes and organizations, governments, and farmers worldwide.

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