Drought brings record prices for chickpeas, a staple in India

Chickpea prices have soared 44 percent in the past year to reach an all-time high in India, says Agrimoney. India is the world's largest consumer of chickpeas but the pulse is in short supply because of drought.

Taming the wild chickpea

Americans know chickpeas as garbanzos, the foundation for hummus, the protein- and fiber-rich spread made from pureed chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. Chickpea is one of the world's oldest cultivated crops and are a crucial source of income, food security and nutrition to poor farmers in the developing world.