The 2016 International Year of Pulses (IYP) was officially launched by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in an inaugural ceremony in Rome, Italy, on 10 November 2015.
At the launch, ICARDA was represented by its Director General, Dr. Mahmoud Solh, who joined FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva and a panel of keynote speakers to kick-off the IYP.
Pulses, with the unique ability of nitrogen-fixation needed for fertile soils, play a critical role in dry areas for sustainable food production systems and are, therefore an integral part of ICARDA’s strategy for food security and better livelihoods in dry areas. As part of its mandate, ICARDA contributes to the improvement of lentil, faba bean chickpea, and grasspea productivity. Pulses are also a vital source of plant-based proteins and amino acids for people and integral part of daily diet in North Africa and West and South Asia where ICARDA operates.
With over 800 million people suffering globally from acute or chronic undernourishment, and the occurrence of diet-related diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular ailments increasing in countries around the world, IYP 2016 aims to demonstrate the integral role these nutrient-dense foods have in global food security and nutrition.
Source: ICARDA Pulses Blog