"In India, pulses, such as chickpeas, lentils, and pigeon peas, are a major source of protein and complex carbohydrates, and have generally been affordable for consumers. Pulses are useful for farmers too because they improve soil health and help to increase soil fertility. Yet, market volatility has led to rapid inflation of food prices in India. Rising prices for pulses are making this key protein source less affordable, so consumers are eating fewer pulses and diets have become less healthy. IFPRI has worked closely with the Ministry of Finance and a special task force to develop a new pricing policy for pulses that addresses government procurement issues while protecting farmers."