UN launches International Year of Pulses in 2016

10 November 2015

Legumes, which include beans and peas, are a cheap, delicious and nutritious source of protein and micronutrients, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) highlighted on Tuesday when presenting the International Year dedicated to the subject.

Under the slogan “nutritious seeds for a sustainable future”, the UN General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses, to raise awareness of its benefits, promote its production and trade, and encourage new uses throughout the food chain.

FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva addressed the issue during an event held at the agency’s headquarters in Rome.

“Legumes are important crops for the food security of a large part of the population, especially in Latin America, Africa and Asia, where legumes are part of traditional diets and are often cultivated by small farmers and family farmers,” said da Silva.

According to the FAO, despite its great benefits, its nutritional value is not recognized and there are hundreds of varieties that can be grown.

Legumes are packed with protein. They contain twice those found in wheat and three times those found in rice. They are also rich in micronutrients, amino acids and B vitamins, key elements of a healthy diet.

10 November 2015

Legumes, which include beans and peas, are a cheap, delicious and nutritious source of protein and micronutrients, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) highlighted on Tuesday when presenting the International Year dedicated to the subject.

Under the slogan “nutritious seeds for a sustainable future”, the UN General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses, to raise awareness of its benefits, promote its production and trade, and encourage new uses throughout the food chain.

FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva addressed the issue during an event held at the agency’s headquarters in Rome.

“Legumes are important crops for the food security of a large part of the population, especially in Latin America, Africa and Asia, where legumes are part of traditional diets and are often cultivated by small farmers and family farmers,” said da Silva.

According to the FAO, despite its great benefits, its nutritional value is not recognized and there are hundreds of varieties that can be grown.

Legumes are packed with protein. They contain twice those found in wheat and three times those found in rice. They are also rich in micronutrients, amino acids and B vitamins, key elements of a healthy diet.