AGT Foods is proud to support the United Nations in its announcement of 2016 as the International Year of Pulses.
The International Year of Pulses (IYP 2016) is a collaboration between the members of the Global Pulse Confederation aimed at promoting the unique qualities of pulses.
The IYP 2016 aims to heighten public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security and nutrition. The Year will create a unique opportunity to encourage connections throughout the food chain that would better utilize pulse-based proteins, further global production of pulses, better utilize crop rotations and address the challenges in the trade of pulses.
IYP 2016 is an opportunity to increase awareness and global demand for pulses. The IYP committee aims to reach an audience of 20-40 million people worldwide using social media, websites and global media outreach.
Food Security, Nutrition & Innovation
IYP 2016 has set the ambitious targets of helping initiate:
- 20 governments to commit to including pulses as part of their food security policies.
- 100 research projects substantiating the ability of pulses to combat nutrition and health issues.
- 100 research projects into functional and nutritional properties for food product advancement.
Market Access & Stability
IYP 2016 is an excellent opportunity to open a dialogue on improving the regulatory framework in which trade occurs. IYP 2016 hopes to reduce trade barrier costs that are borne by farmers, processors, traders and consumers while introducing greater efficiencies to enhance food security, reduce price volatility and enhance the return to growers.
Productivity & Environmental Sustainability
IYP 2016 is a perfect chance to draw the focus of the scientific community. By the end of 2016, IYP will deliver a 10-year plan for $100 million USD in increased public and private research investment to sustainably close yield gaps for pulse crops around the world.
Take the Pulse Pledge
Commit to eating pulses once a week for 10 weeks and join a global food movement! Eating dry peas, lentils, beans and chickpeas helps reduce your carbon footprint – and it’s great for your health. Pulses are nutritious, versatile, sustainable and affordable, making them a healthy source of protein and essential to a balanced diet.
For more information, visit the International Year of Pulses and Pulses.org.