Pulses for Nutrition in India

MOTIVATION

Pulses, such as yellow peas, pigeon peas, chickpeas, lentils, and beans, are an important source of protein and are also integral to soil health. Despite their health and environmental significance, pulses are not given sufficient attention within India. IFPRI’s work on pulses, supported by A4NH, looks at the factors that contribute to their underutilization in India, examining production and consumption, prices and trade, processing and value addition, and the role of the private sector. Researchers are also examining innovations that can strengthen the entire pulse value chain, elevating the role of pulses nationally for better nutrition and health.

ONGOING WORK

Various studies were conducted to examine the changing pattern of pulse production, consumption, prices, and trade. The results of the studies were shared with stakeholders in January 2014, and the papers will be published in a book.

Along with a nongovernmental organization (NGO), PRADAN, as well as two social enterprises, eKutir (focused on agriculture) and iKure (focused on health), A4NH is investigating how to include pulse production as part of broader agriculture, nutrition, and health actions to increase incomes and improve diet quality. Pulse innovations demonstrate how technical and social innovations can be better harnessed to accelerate improved health and wealth for poor people.