Pulses have captured the attention of the United Nations. The General Assembly of the UN has voted to declare 2016 as the “International Year of Pulses.”
“This is an extraordinary day for the global pulse industry” said Pravin Dongre, chairman, India Pulses and Grains Association, the national apex body for pulses and grains industry and trade. “A variety of pulses including beans, lentils, peas and chickpeas have been the cornerstone of global nutrition for centuries. Having a UN dedicated year will raise the level of awareness of pulses globally and the important role pulses can play in advancing health and nutrition, food security and environmental sustainability,” said Dongre.
“This is the greatest opportunity in a century to give pulses the attention they deserve. Pulses can help to increase food security and nutrition security for those with shortages and to tackle the increase of diseases linked to lifestyles such as obesity and diabetes. Plus, they improve cropping systems and are good for farmers,” said Hakan Bahceci,president, CICILS. “The International Year of Pulses will give pulses additional research attention and nutritional programming, which will lead to dietary uptake. Increased pulse consumption will grow both healthy people and a healthy planet. We deeply appreciate the United Nation’s dedication to the task.”