At a glance

February 10 marks the UN FAO’s World Pulses Day, an annual event that invites members of the pulses industry from all levels to come together and raise awareness of the power of pulses, from their impressive nutritional value to their ability to support sustainable food systems and food security. 

Since its inception following the success of the UN FAO’s International Year of Pulses in 2016, WPD has consistently proven to be an invaluable asset in encouraging the production and consumption of pulses around the world and this year will be no exception. Organizations from member countries across the globe will be holding events, both virtual and in-person, as a way to make the most of this opportunity to spread the word about the benefits of pulses.

The theme for this year’s World Pulses Day is ‘Pulses to empower youth in achieving sustainable agrifood systems’, providing an opportunity for speakers across the globe to focus on how to inspire the younger generation to bring the ancient tradition of cultivating and eating pulses into the future. For pulse-driven agrifood systems to succeed, young people must contribute their perspective, knowledge and expertise in order to build a future with sustainable agriculture and food security for all. 

Cindy Brown, the Global Pulse Confederation CEO, will be giving speeches at both the UN FAO’s webinar (sign up here) and the IPGA’s World Pulses Day virtual event (sign up here). The GPC will also be hosting a Reception at the Ritz Carlton Dubai on February 12  for Pulses 2022 delegates and sponsors, providing an opportunity for members of the pulses community to get together in person and celebrate the day.

The UN FAO has also created a whole host of resources, available in several languages, to help you spread the word in your online community, which you can find here. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #WorldPulsesDay and #LovePulses for a healthy diet and planet.