The United Nations formally launched the “International Year of Pulses” at the headquarters of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome today.
The international recognition aims to heighten public awareness about the role of pulses — dry beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas — in global food security, nutrition and environmental sustainability.
Pulse Canada CEO Gord Bacon was in Rome for the ceremony at FAO headquarters with FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva. Canadian pulse exports account for just over a third of global pulse trade.
“Canadians can be proud of the contribution we’re making to global food security as a major supplier to countries around the world,” said Bacon, who also serves on the executive for the Global Pulse Confederation, in a news release.
Pulse Canada has committed $1.2 million in staff support and funding toward the GPC’s IYOP campaign.
Working with international governments, the UN and scientists, the pulse confederation will be hosting more than a hundred events in 2016. Canada’s pulse industry is also planning over twenty events and activities across the country to educate Canadians about the health, nutrition and environmental benefits of eating pulses.
— FAO Newsroom (@FAOnews) November 10, 2015
The UN designation follows the “International Year of Soils” in 2015 and “International Year of the Family Farm” in 2014.