Kicking-off the celebrations for the 2016 International Year of Pulses (IYP), the Pulse Feast Day was organized in Morocco, jointly by INRA, OCP-Foundation, IAV Hassan II and ICARDA under the India-Morocco Initiative at the Regional Center for Agricultural Research, Guich station in Rabat on January 6, 2016.

Pulse Feast Day was celebrated in more than 20 countries worldwide in support of IYP. Declared by the United Nations, 2016 is being celebrated as the International Year of Pulses which aims to increase public awareness on the nutritional benefits of pulses and its role in sustainable food production contributing towards achieving food and nutrition security.

Pulse Feast Morocco

Pulse Feast in Morocco: participants tasting a wide range of pulse-based recipes. Photo: ICARDA

In the Pulse Feast at Guich station, about 350 people from different walks of life representing policy makers, researchers, extension agents and professionals had the opportunity to taste a wide range of pulse-based recipes prepared mostly from lentil, chickpea, faba bean and peas. The event also provided an opportunity to showcase a wide array of traditional Moroccan recipes prepared from various pulses, while promoting consumption of pulses.

The Rabat celebration of Pulse Feast Day was widely covered by the electronic and print media, successfully drawing attention and promoting IYP 2016 and its goals of increasing pulses production and consumption to a wide range of audiences. Celebrity chef Mr Moha Fedal was the star of the event.