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February 20th, 2017 / African Farming, UK

The International Year of Pulses, which was celebrated in 2016, has helped raise awareness globally of the benefits of eating and growing pulses, with calls to now build upon the strong momentum.

At the closing ceremony of the International Year of Pulses (IYP) hosted by Burkina Faso with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the organisation said that the year helped raise awareness globally of the many benefits of pulses, and boosted knowledge sharing and partnerships, but gains must be further strengthened to achieve the international community’s sustainable development goals.

“It is essential to maintain the momentum,” said FAO’s deputy director-general Maria-Helena Semedo at the ceremony. “Training programmes on the value of pulses should be supported, particularly for schoolchildren, farmers and extension workers. Policies and programmes should focus more on pulse producers, particularly small-holder farmers and young people,” she said. See more