Three new UN international observances highlight relevance of key areas of FAO’s work
FAO applauded today’s decision by the United Nations to create two new international days and one entire year devoted to central issues in global food security and nutrition.
The UN General Assembly approved three new resolutions creating three awareness-raising initiatives, focused on plant health, food safety and pulses. Read more
Collaborative efforts of ICRISAT and partners in the Tropical Legumes III project to stimulate chickpea and pigeonpea productivity are starting to bear fruit. For instance, in addition to meeting the food and security needs of farmers in Eastern and Southern Africa who are assured of export markets, it is helping bridge the high demand from India, the largest consumer of pulses.
By Dr Emmanuel Monyo, Theme Leader – Seed Systems and Project Coordinator T L III, Genetic Gains Program, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) .
The challenges to breeding pigeonpea in East and South Africa can be surmounted by the use of advanced tools such as genomics, combining the crop’s unique attributes from different regions, mentoring youth, and exploiting export markets within Africa.
By Dr Damaris A Odeny, Scientist – Biotechnology (ESA), Genomics & Trait Discovery, Genetic Gains Program, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).
Unrestricted and assured funding for pre-breeding activities can exploit new and diverse sources of variation in the chickpea and pigeonpea genepools. By bridging the huge gap between the collection of genetic materials and that utilized, it is possible to bring about a pulse revolution in these times of climate change.
By Dr Shivali Sharma , Theme Leader – Pre-breeding, Genetic Gains Program, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).
Pulse researchers need to focus on reaching farmers and increasing their incomes rather than only on increasing productivity. Biofortification is another area that should be explored to deal with nutritional deficiencies among children in India, as well as developing need-based varieties.
By Dr K Ramasamy , Vice Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.
The shortfall in pulse production in India can be achieved by tapping into nearly 6-7million hectares of rice fallows in Eastern India. For this to happen, the risk averse smallholder farmers in this region need policy and technology support. Exposure to rural entrepreneurship and encouraging farmer producer organizations will help in the long run.
By Ranjit Kumar , Principal Scientist, Theme on Policy and Impact Asia Region Program, International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
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