World Pulses Day | 10 February

            Pulses are the edible seeds of leguminous plants cultivated for both food and feed.

            Beans (Phaseolus and Vigna), chickpeas and peas are the most well-known and commonly consumed types of pulses, but there are several varieties more from around the world, all with great benefits on food security, nutrition, health, climate change, and biodiversity.

            Why a World Pulses Day?

            Building on the success of the International Year of Pulses (IYP) in 2016 implemented by FAO and recognizing the potential of pulses to further achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) designated 10 February as World Pulses Day (WPD).

            This celebration presents a unique opportunity to raise public awareness about pulses and the fundamental role they play in the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

            With the help of governments, the private sector, Members and partner organizations, the public and youth, FAO works to facilitate the observance of this international day and support the production and consumption of pulses as part of sustainable food systems and healthy diets.

            Pulses are nutrient-dense, providing a good source of vitamins and minerals that are vital for good health.
            Pulses have a long shelf-life and help to increase the diversity of diets, while reducing food loss and waste.
            Pulses in multiple cropping systems enhance agro-biodiversity, climate change resilience and ecosystem services.
            Pulses fix atmospheric nitrogen into the soil, contributing to improving soil biodiversity and fertility.
            Including pulses in crop rotations can improve chemical fertilizer use efficiency.
            Pulses provide employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for rural women and youth.

            Pulses to empower youth in achieving sustainable agrifood systems

            VIRTUAL EVENT
            10 February 2022, 12:30–14:30 CET
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            Pulses contribute to creating economic, social and environmental opportunities for sustainable agrifood systems. But for the successful adoption of a pulse-driven agriculture, young people must be at the centre of any strategy.

            Youth can act as a bridge between traditional farming techniques and new technologies, helping to make agriculture more sustainable and nutrition-sensitive. They can also bring added value to the promotion of pulses by shedding light on new business opportunities along the value chain.

            The celebration this year under the theme Pulses to empower youth in achieving sustainable agrifood systems will focus on the key role young people play in shaping a better future for food and bring testimonies and perspectives of youth organizations’ representatives.

            Pulses are not just for adults…


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