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Pulses: Nutritious seeds for a sustainable future

This coffee table book is part guide and part cookbook— informative without being technical. The book begins by giving an overview of pulses, and explains why they are an important food for the future. It also has more than 30 recipes prepared by some of the most prestigious chefs in the world. Part I gives an overview of pulses and gives a brief guide to the main varieties in the world. Part II explains step-by-step how to cook them, what to keep in mind and what condiments and instruments to use. Part III underscores the five messages that FAO conveys to the world about the impact pulses have on nutrition, health, climate change, biodiversity and food security. Part IV illustrates how pulses can be grown in a garden patch with easy gardening instructions and how they are grown in the world, highlighting major world producers, importers and exporters. Part V takes the reader on a journey around the world showing how pulses fit a region’s history and culture and visits 10 internationally acclaimed chef as they go the market to buy pulses. Back at their restaurant or home, each chef prepares easy 3 dishes and gives their best kept secrets.

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Understanding MERS-CoV at the Animal-Human Interface: Summary report of the technical meeting – Rome, Italy. 21-22 January 2016

The Technical Meeting on understanding Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) at the human-animal interface was convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to determine the current status of the scientific knowledge on MERS-CoV and identify the major gaps that require further studies, in order to better understand the disease dynamics at the interface between humans and animals and develop practical and realistic approaches to control and minimize the impact of this virus. The meeting was also aimed at fostering collaborations and partnerships between institutions and organizations working on MERS-CoV at the human-animal interface. It was held in Rome from 21-22 January 2016.

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Technical and Socio-Economic Characteristics of Small-Scale Coastal Fishing Communities, and Opportunities for Poverty Alleviation and Empowerment

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Accidental or malicious releases of radioactive material have the potential to threaten health and disrupt life. Experience has shown that communities, agricultural production and food trade can be affected by major accidents. Such events may have international or even global consequences, therefore, it is important to prepare and make arrangements for dealing with them.

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Residue Evaluation of Certain Veterinary Drugs Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives. 81st meeting 2015

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