2016 had been declared the International Year of Pulses by the United Nations during their 68th General Assembly. United Nations declared this year as the Year of Pulses to educate the people about the importance of pulses and create awareness about its benefits to the environment and people. Through the year UN aims to create awareness about the nutritional benefits of pulses as a part of sustainable food production.
“Pulses are a vital source of plant-based proteins and amino acids for people around the globe and should be eaten as part of a healthy diet to address obesity, as well as to prevent and help manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, coronary conditions and cancer; they are also an important source of plant-based protein for animals.” *Also pulses are leguminous plants that play a vital role in crop rotation, as they have nitrogen-fixing properties. This contributes in increasing soil fertility.
The specific objectives of the IYP 2016 are to:**
- Raise awareness about the important role of pulses in sustainable food production and healthy diets and their contribution to food security and nutrition;
- Promote the value and utilization of pulses throughout the food system, their benefits for soil fertility and climate change and for combating malnutrition;
- Encourage connections throughout the food chain to further global production of pulses, foster enhanced research, better utilise crop rotations and address the challenges in the trade of pulses.