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International Year of Pulses 2016


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Overview of the 2016 International Year of Pulses.


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International Year of Pulses 2016

  1. 1. 1 nutritious seeds for a sustainable future
  2. 2. What are pulses? Pulses are a type of leguminous crop that are harvested solely for the dry seed. Dried beans, lentils and peas are the most commonly known and consumed types of pulses. 2
  3. 3. Pulses are important because… 3 • they are packed with nutrients and have high protein and fibre content. • their nitrogen-fixing properties improve soil fertility. • they have a broad genetic diversity from which climate-resilient varieties can be selected. • they are highly water efficient and their production has low greenhouse gas emissions. • they can be stored for months without losing their high nutritional value.
  4. 4. Key messages of the Year 4 Pulses are highly nutritious. Pulses are economically accessible and contribute to food security at all levels. Pulses have important health benefits. Pulses foster sustainable agriculture and contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Pulses promote biodiversity.
  5. 5. Objectives of the Year 5 Promote the value and utilization of pulses throughout the food system Raise awareness about the benefits of pulses, including sustainable agriculture and nutrition Encourage connections to further global production Foster enhanced research Advocate for better utilization of pulses in crop rotations Address the challenges in the trade of pulses
  6. 6. Website ( 6
  7. 7. #IYP2016 on Social Media 7 year-of-pulses/ dK5a5fsKvfMCyFtFk4bzq4K3
  8. 8. How you can help 8 • Submit a blog post to • Provide translations for the logo and leaflet • Plan an event in your region, e.g. educational events or tastings • Contribute recipes to the collection • Contribute to resources with relevant papers or publications • Bring available materials to related meetings or seminars
  9. 9. 9 | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 00153, Rome Italy