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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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Pulses platter for a healthy planet: celebrating #GlobalPulseDay

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…

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Figure 3. Distribution of sources of protein in the diets based on the Individual Dietary Diversity Scores. Source: ICRISAT VLS nutrition surveys.

Study reveals pulses as important source of protein in India

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…

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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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‘Pulses Panchayat’: It takes a village to change the country

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…

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Women and youth in pulse value chains: opportunities for inclusion of smallholders

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…

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Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning: Empowering Interoperability with Multi-Institutions M&E

Taking on the challenge of Learning to improve Monitoring & Evaluation beyond standards Dealing with an amazing amount of data on a daily basis is a fundamental task engaging not only all CGIAR Centers and Research Programs, but also NGOs, national agricultural research systems, private institutions and governments. From a scientist conducting research in a rural village to metropolitan business hubs, the storing and management of knowledge is essential to programmatic and institutional activities, to set new standards and collect…

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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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Farmers conducting participatory variety selection in Lundazi district in Zambia (Inset) ICEAP 00554. Photo: ICRISAT

New improved pigeonpea variety released in Zambia to withstand climate change

A new medium duration pigeonpea variety MPPV 2 (ICEAP 00554) was released for general cultivation in sole and intercropping systems of Zambia. The new variety has many profitable traits. It has wider climate adaptability and pest tolerance, high yield potential, attractive grains and is suitable to ratooning and can be used as green peas. Pigeonpea is gaining popularity in Zambia, due to its climate adaptability, suitability to prevailing cropping systems, farmers and consumers preference and market opportunities. MPPV 2 is…

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Steady research investments in pulses to combat planetary challenges

By Dr. Shoba Sivasankar, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes This blog post was first featured on IYP2016.org Essential since the beginning of agriculture Domestication of pulses, also called grain legumes, occurred side by side with that of cereals in Neolithic history. “Legumes were companions of wheat and barley when agriculture began in the Near East,”1 and “the history of lentil reaches back as far as agriculture itself.”2 In the 19th century, the pea plant was the subject of…

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