The deficit of pulses is catching the international attention. In order to boost the production of various varieties of pulses and a sustainable future for nutritious foods, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will launch the International Year of Pulses 2016 (IYP – 2016) on November 10, 2015 at its headquarters in Rome.
Popular pulses include all varieties of dried beans, such as kidney beans, lima beans, butter beans, broad beans, chick peas, cowpeas, black-eyed peas and pigeon peas will be the focus area of IYP.
Low in fat and rich in nutrients and soluble fibre, pulses are considered excellent for managing cholesterol and digestive health. They are the vital source of proteins and amino acids and an affordable alternative to more expensive animal-based protein in many parts of the world. Pulses are a key ingredient in healthy diets to address obesity and to prevent and manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, coronary conditions and cancer.
The IYP – 2016 will encourage better use of pulse-based proteins throughout the food chain, seek to boost their production globally, improve crop rotations and address challenges in the trade in pulses.
The launch of the International Year will open with an address by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and will include a message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the presentation of the IYP action plan, along with talks by experts on pulses