Breakfast for many of us in the UK and Europe means a bowl of cereal soaked in milk; Cornflakes, Weetabix, Rice Crispies or oats in the form of porridge to name but a few. But in much of the Middle East, the day starts with 'ful' (pronounced 'fool'), a dish made from cooked faba beans (small broad beans) flavoured with cumin seed and garnished with an assortment of condiments, including olive oil, salt, pepper, lime juice, crumbled hard-boiled egg and chopped chillies.

CICILS-IPTIC (to be called the Global Pulse Confederation) is soliciting proposals from qualified suppliers to support CICILS-IPTIC work in preparation for the 2016 International Year of Pulses.

Attached are three RFPs for:

  • Messaging on Pulse Sustainability

  • Productivity Publication Plan

  • Pulse Productivity Baseline

The previously issued RFP for the 

The purpose of these RFPs is to select a supplier for projects to begin in 2015. More information can be found in the documents.

Proposals and all enquiries are to be submitted via email to Isabelle Coche -This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CICILS-IPTIC reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, as well as to accept the proposal which will be to the best advantage, as determined at the sole discretion of the Global Pulse Confederation.


IYOP RFP Productivity Publication Plan (268 KB)

IYOP RFP Messaging on Pulse Sustainability (277 KB)

IYOP RFP Pulse Productivity Baseline (284 KB)

HarvestPlus has brought together Rwanda's top musicians to create a song to promote the advantages of including beans in your diet, and they have uploaded the music video onto youtube! Check it out here.

You can download the MP3 here.

The LA Times published a great story on why you shouldn't be soaking your dry beans - Read it here!