UN declares 2016 as International Year of Pulses

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.

Beyond traditional markets, pulses have steadily increased in popularity as people around the world recognize their appeal as nutritious, versatile foods that can play an essential part in healthy diets. The idea of a year dedicated to recognizing the role of pulses in sustainable agriculture and healthy diets was conceived by Hakan Bahceci President of CICILS, the International Pulse Trade and Industries Confederation. Through the determined support of the several countries, in particular Turkey and Pakistan, and the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Year of Pulses was passed by the UN General Assembly.

“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.”


Source: UN declares 2016 as International Year of Pulses

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