‘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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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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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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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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Science to offer strategic solutions to India’s pulses dilemma

India is the world’s largest producer, importer, and consumer of pulses, but the country is facing a crisis situation with pulses’ availability. The retail prices of pulses have soared to an all-time high in India over the past year, causing panic among the policy-makers, traders, and retailers. Most importantly, pulses have become hard to afford for the hundreds of millions of Indians who rely on them as part of their staple diet and as the main – often the only…

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Include pulses for a nutrition-secure world

There’s a saying in Kenya: If you haven’t eaten “ugali” (a common maize-based stiff porridge dish), then you haven’t eaten. Substitute ugali for rice, cassava, matoke (starchy bananas), sweet or Irish potato or any other starch staple and it reflects the status that many cultures place on carbohydrates. Indeed, according to UNFAO, cereals and starchy roots form the center piece of diets around the globe. UNFAO has compounded the importance of these high-energy foods above others by measuring the rise…

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