FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

Turkish footballers kick for pulses

Footballers in Turkey over the years have carried giant banners publicizing all sorts of causes, but this is truly a first.

As the national league season draws to an end, six national teams are using their fame and visibility this month to promote “2016 International Year of Pulses.”

Thousands of fans in the stadiums and television viewers at home have watched as players unfurled the banners at matches in Ankara and Trabzon, thanks to an initiative of Turkey’s Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock with the Turkish Football Federation. Participating teams are Trabzonspor, Kasimpasa, Genclerbirligi, Eskisehirspor, Osmanlispor and Akhisar Belediyespor.

The International Year of Pulses, established by the UN General Assembly and led by FAO, is meant to increase consumption and production of dried beans, peas, lentils and other pulses.

At the recent 30th FAO Regional Conference for Europe in Antalya, Turkey, FAO members and observers discussed the nutritional, environmental and economic benefits of pulses.

Related events are taking place throughout 2016 – in Turkey and worldwide.

30 May 2016, Ankara, Turkey