February 10th–11th, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

10 February 2017, Ouagadougou Burkina Faso - First Lady of Burkina Faso Sika Kaboré and FAO's Deputy Director-General Maria-Helena Semedo attend the International Year of Pulses (IYP) closing ceremony.
©FAO/Alizeta Tapsoba.

The Global Pulse Confederation would like to extend its sincere congratulations to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and to Burkina Faso for an extremely successful closing of the 2016 International Year of Pulses. GPC was able to participate in this extraordinary event, alongside ministers and high level representatives of countries and other stakeholders committed to promoting the benefits of pulses for the health of people and of the planet. “This event was an opportunity to demonstrate our collective commitment to furthering the progress made on this front beyond 2016, and to continue to build on the Year’s achievements” commented Huseyin Arslan, president of the GPC. The event was a fitting capstone to the 2016 International Year of Pulses, and we wish to commend the FAO and Burkina Faso for demonstrating the importance of pulses to feeding the world in a healthy and sustainable way.

Photo: © FAO/Alizeta Tapsoba. Burkina Faso President, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré (centre) and FAO Deputy Director-General Maria-Helena Semedo (right) at the International Year of Pulses closing ceremony.

Beans, lentils and chickpeas are small but powerful allies in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

By Dr. Christine Negra, Versant Vision LLC

Pushing toward the goal line

Victory will be a lot easier to achieve for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in a world where people grow and eat more chickpeas, lentils, beans, and other pulse crops. High-protein, low-fat, high-fiber pulse grains are heavy hitters for human health and nutrition and these plants are real team players when it comes to boosting soil fertility.

By Dr. Jeet Singh Sandhu, Deputy Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research 

Dynamic production patterns for traditional crops

Chickpeas, lentils, beans, and other pulses are ancient crops and pulse crop domestication was essential to the historical development of arable agriculture. Pulses are traditional crops in many parts of the world, such as India, while in other areas, such as Australia and North America, they are relatively recent additions to cropping systems.