The United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils (IYS) and 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYP) to increase awareness and understanding on the importance of soils and pulses respectively for sustainable food production, food and nutrition security and essential ecosystem functions. In order to ensure due complementarities, close links have been maintained between these two celebratory events, taking account of the symbiosis between soil and pulses for contributing to food security and nutrition, and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The development of this book started with the Seminar “Soils and pulses: symbiosis for life. A contribution to the 2030 Agenda” held in April 2016, jointly organized by the Permanent Representation of Italy to FAO, FAO and Biodiversity International.
Vishal Vijay from Agrocorp International was invited to speak on the success of International Year of Pulses at the Gafta Trade and Trends Forum in Singapore. He started by talking about the importance of pulses in the meal and position pulses as a primary source of protein and other essential nutrients with growing consumption worldwide.
Earlier in November The South Australian Branch of the United Nations Association of Australia held their annual Dinner .
This Branch has been very active in promoting IYP during 2016 and the dinner was no exception. Pulses were front and centre in all the dishes, a number of which were prepared by well known local chefs.
In December 2015 Uniting Care Wesley (UCW) contacted the Australian International Year of Pulses (IYP) Project Coordinator asking for suggestions for incorporating IYP objectives into their long term SA Community Foodies program.
This program is a SA nutrition program that aims to build the capacity of communities to make healthier food choices by training and supporting volunteer community members to act as agents for change. Foodies promote four easy to understand and easy to remember key nutrition messages; eat breakfast every day, eat more vegetables and fruit, eat more whole foods and drink more water and less sugary drinks. Incorporating pulses into an every day diet directly meets three of these messages and supports the fourth.