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.
Pulses are important because…
• they are packed with nutrients and have high
protein and fibre content.
• their nitrogen-fixing properties improve soil
• 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.
Key messages of the Year
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.
Objectives of the Year
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
Address the challenges in the trade of pulses
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How you can help
• Submit a blog post to firstname.lastname@example.org
• 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
• Bring available materials to related meetings or
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