Organizers of the 2016 International Year of Pulses have set a goal “to position pulses as a primary source of protein.”
“The International Year is the single largest opportunity to increase awareness of pulses many of us will ever see,” the international organizing committee states on the International Year of Pulses website.
“In many countries, consumer, food industry members, and governments have little knowledge of pulses, their attributes, or their ability to contribute to the solution of many food-related issues facing the world today.”
Along with promoting the health benefits of pulses, the CICILS–IPTIC (soon to be renamed the Global Pulse Confederation) wants to raise awareness of the challenges faced by pulse producers, most of whom are smallholder farmers in developing nations. For example, a recent study found that improvements in planting techniques could double pulse production in Ethiopia and boost smallholder income by 40 to 70 per cent per hectare.
“This could contribute to incomes and improved food security by meeting demand for pulses locally,” says the Global Pulse Confederation.
Pulse Canada has posted videos on the International Year of Pulses on its website at pulsecanada.com.