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The role of pulses in Africa’s agricultural transformation

Special Feature in FAO’s Nature and Faune Journal highlights how pulses can play a major role in transforming the continent’s agriculture by increasing incomes through higher-value crops
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FAO Kids learn how pulses can help solve hunger and malnutrition in the world

New episode of FAO’s comic strip, FAO Kids, highlights how pulses contribute to food security
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What are pulses made of?

uPulses, FAO’s newly released food composition database, reveals the composition of pulses
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Wrapping up the International Year of Pulses

The 5 key messages to take away from #IYP2016
Pulses and biodiversity
FAO Kids: Pulses contribute to food security
Pulses and climate change

The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYP) (A/RES/68/231)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been nominated to facilitate the implementation of the Year in collaboration with Governments, relevant organizations, non-governmental organizations and all other relevant stakeholders.

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.