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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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Morocco declaration for better policies on pulses endorsed at ICP 2016

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…

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Low-income communities need more affordable and nutritious food

A research project tackling malnutrition among vulnerable populations in Kenya and Uganda is launched in Nairobi today. The three-year initiative targeting women aged 15-49 years of reproductive age, and children aged 6−59 months, aims to develop a quick-to-cook porridge from at least four food groups, affordable for poor communities. Poor dietary diversity among the poor is a key contributor to malnutrition, said Dr. Mercy Lung’aho, a nutritionist at the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture in Nairobi. Non-staple legumes such as…

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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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Global Science Leaders call for better policies on Pulses

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…

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High-yielding, drought tolerant and disease resistant varieties of chickpea have spurred a postrainy season i.e. rabi revolution in the district of Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, India. Photo: PS Rao, ICRISAT

Roadmap for pulses self-sufficiency in India

A roadmap to achieve pulses self-sufficiency for India by increasing production, yield and area under pulses, and by setting up seed hubs and demonstration of best technologies was recently drawn up by the Government of India (GoI) in consultation with national and international research institutes. The government announced the implementation of a Pulses Program, with an outlay of ` 4.05 billion (US$ 60.44 million), over the next four years to achieve self-sufficiency in pulses. At a recent workshop, detailed plans…

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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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Global survey shows shortfall in research investment in pulses

REPORT: Global Research and Funding Survey on Pulse Productivity and Sustainability A new global survey among leading agricultural research institutions and personnel shows a concern that the current level of research funding into pulses – the edible dried seeds of legume crops, such as lentils, dry peas, chickpeas and beans – is too low and this may be handicapping efforts to improve food security and agricultural sustainability. The ‘Global Pulse Productivity & Sustainability Survey’ suggests that annual investment hovers at…

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