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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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Accelerating pulse production in southern India

Pulse farmers across two south Indian states, Telangana and Karnataka are being exposed to new technologies, varieties, hybrids and innovations in agronomic practices, for improving productivity and thus contributing to the Indian national program of attaining self-sufficiency in pulses. During a recent project review meeting, partners discussed challenges in the seed supply chain, technology uptake by farmers, scale-up challenges, need for developing standardized protocols for agronomic practices, need for mechanization and other issues faced on field and shared work plans…

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Aflatoxin detection gets a boost in Nigeria: Laboratories installed at two NARS centers

Creating awareness about aflatoxin, its prevention and detection is a priority target in the groundnut and sorghum value chain programme of the Federal Government of Nigeria. In a step towards strengthening this, ICRISAT helped set up two aflatoxin detection and quantification laboratories at the NARS centers in Nigeria. The two laboratories set up at the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR)/Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, and the Federal University of Agriculture (FUAM), Makurdi, are expected to serve as aflatoxin detection centers…

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Participants witness the huge impact of improved agri-technologies on farmers and stakeholders along Ethiopian legume value chain

A field trip organized for the participants of the CGIAR Science Forum 2016 provided them an overview of how the legume commodity value chain operates in Ethiopia and how partners of Grain Legumes work together to link smallholder farmers with marketing channels so that even the small and marginalized participants benefit. The visitors got an opportunity to see for themselves the positive transformation in the lives of the beneficiaries of the Tropical Legumes projects and the work that is being…

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Exploring strategies and collaborations to increase participation of women throughout the chickpea value chain in Ethiopia

Potential areas of collaboration with various partners to help Ethiopian women overcome restricting cultural norms and enhance their participation in agronomic activities, were discussed at a feedback session of an ongoing gender study. The qualitative study designed by the gender team investigated the factors responsible for women not attending the training programs. A major challenge faced by the chickpea breeding team in Ethiopia has been the low participation of women in the Participatory Varietal Selection (PVS) process. When farmers are…

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Call for Proposals: Grain Legumes – U.S. University Linkage Grants 2015-16

The CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes (Grain Legumes) is inviting proposals for the CGIAR-U.S. University Linkages Program. The grant will support collaborative research between U.S. universities (or USDA) and Grain Legumes. This grant is part of the larger CGIAR-US University Linkage program supported by the USAID. The total grant amount available with Grain Legumes for 2015-16 is limited. This call is intended for (i) continuation of the ongoing collaborations that needs support for completion and (ii) support new collaborative…

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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: http://www.icarda.org/update/icarda%E2%80%99s-global-pulses-research-platform-inaugurated-india

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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India-Morocco initiative celebrates Pulse Feast Day in Rabat

Kicking-off the celebrations for the 2016 International Year of Pulses (IYP), the Pulse Feast Day was organized in Morocco, jointly by INRA, OCP-Foundation, IAV Hassan II and ICARDA under the India-Morocco Initiative at the Regional Center for Agricultural Research, Guich station in Rabat on January 6, 2016. Pulse Feast Day was celebrated in more than 20 countries worldwide in support of IYP. Declared by the United Nations, 2016 is being celebrated as the International Year of Pulses which aims to…

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Inaugural ceremony at the FAO headquarters in Rome to launch 2016 International Year of Pulses. Source: ICARDA

Launching International Year of Pulses with FAO

The 2016 International Year of Pulses (IYP) was officially launched by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in an inaugural ceremony in Rome, Italy, on 10 November  2015. At the launch, ICARDA was represented by its Director General, Dr. Mahmoud Solh, who joined FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva and a panel of keynote speakers to kick-off the IYP. In his speech, Dr. Solh underlined the need for producing healthy food for a growing world population.  “With climate…

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