Five things we learned from the launch of the International Year of Pulses

The official launch of the International Year of Pulses took place on 10 November at FAO Headquarters in Rome. With over 200 participants and many more viewers worldwide, the event welcomed high level attendance from government ministries, civil society and the private sector. The speakers and special guests highlighted the many benefits of pulses, and also brought to light some of the obstacles facing the global production, supply and trade of the crops.

Here are five key facts we learned about pulses from the featured guests and speakers during the launch:

1. Pulses are an indispensable crop for vulnerable communities in developing countries.

2. Lentils, beans and chickpeas have been an essential part of human diets for centuries.

3. Pulses consumption is declining.

4. Science and technology innovations can help close the yield gap in pulses production.

5. Pulses production is highly water efficient, especially when compared to other protein sources.

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(FAO Source)