The authors thank the management of the National Dairy Development Board of India for granting permission to take up this assignment. The editors thank the Secretariat and Steering Committee of the International Year of Pulses for the support given to this publication. Financial support of the Global Pulses Confederation (GPC), the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of the Republic of Turkey, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Fertitecnica Colfiorito is gratefully acknowledged. We would like to thank Dr Athanasios Tsivelikas from the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Dr Daniel Debouck from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and Dr Michael Abberton and Olaniyi Oyatomi from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) for providing some of the pictures used in this publication. We would like to express our gratitude to Claudia Ciarlantini, Claudia Nicolai, Diana Gutiérrez, Michela Baratelli, Pedro Javaloyes, Riccardo del Castello and many others who have helped in preparing this publication. The authors would like to thank the three anonymous peer reviewers, who made important suggestions for improving the final manuscript.

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