Grain Legumes: championing pulses research through 2016, the International Year of Pulses
Pulse crops play significant roles both in human diets and agriculture, and contribute to sustainable farming. However, their full potential was less understood and highlighted until recently. To promote the unique quality of pulses the year 2016 was declared as the International Year of Pulses (IYP) by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. IYP 2016 was meant to create opportunities and encourage all stakeholders, including national governments to work towards improving pulses’ production and consumption.
Over a hundred events were organized globally by international governments, the UN and scientists to celebrate the IYP. The official launch of the International Year of Pulses took place on 10 November 2015 at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquartered in Rome.
The CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes (Grain Legumes) played a significant advocacy role in accelerating transformative research on pulse crops that would allow them to deliver on their full potential as a critical player in the global food system. Grain Legumes supported an array of activities all through 2016 to strengthen research on pulses.