The European System of Cooperative Research Networks in Agriculture (ESCORENA) Network, established in 1974 by FAO and European research institutions, is an umbrella for cooperation between research institutions focused on food, agriculture and related fields. It aims to promote the voluntary exchange of information and experimental data, to support joint research projects and to facilitate the sharing of expertise, germplasm and technologies, especially from the more advanced nations to developing countries.

ESCORENA Network on the web is a IT and WWW solution for the European initiative to enhance sustainable agricultural development and food security by improving the use of information, communication, and associated technologies. The overall aim is to enable ESCORENA members, its partners and users to exchange opinions, experiences, good practices and resources related to agriculture research, and to ensure that the knowledge created is effectively shared and used in the European region and worldwide.

Tematic Knowlege Network (TKN) on Legumes and Pulses will bee 21st TKN runnig under the ESCORENA Network - network of networks...




PULSES are a type of leguminous crop that are harvested solely for the dry seed. Dried beans, lentils and peas are the most commonly known and consumed types of pulses.





  • Pulses contribute to food security at all levels. They are produced and consumed widely in developing countries.
  • Pulses have a high nutritional value. They are a critical source of plant-based proteins, amino acids and other essential nutrients.
  • Pulses have important health benefits. They are recommended for preventing chronic diseases and obesity.
  • Pulses foster sustainable agriculture and contribute to climate change migration. Their nitrogen-fixing qualities can improve soil fertility and produce a smaller carbon footprint