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    International Year of Pulses Newsletter
 July 2016, Issue #1
International Year of Pulses Newsletter

Hello International Year of Pulses (IYP) Newsreaders,

We have taken the liberty of sending you this first issue of our IYP monthly Newsletter. The aim of this Newsletter is to keep our IYP members informed and involved on all IYP worldwide activities. Each month we will display upcoming IYP events, articles, videos, pulse based recipes and much more…

We welcome your feedback and suggestions for future issues and encourage you to contribute to the newsletter with articles, news items or event notices. Please also feel free to share this newsletter with your colleagues, and with those interested in the subject. If you want to unsubscribe, you can do so by clicking the link at the bottom of the newsletter at any time.

We wish you a good reading.

Marcela Villarreal
2016 International Year of Pulses (IYP) Secretariat
Director, Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development Division (OPC) 

Latest News


The International Year of Pulses comic strip for kids

Learning about pulses just got a whole lot more fun! Today FAO releases a new educational comic strip that introduces children to the many benefits of pulses.

This two-page, full colour booklet tells the story of two children and their grandmother as they learn about the history of pulses, as well as their nutritional benefits and fun ways to cook them. The back pages feature a delicious, kid-friendly fava bean recipe. + READ MORE


FAO is planning to hold a series of regional dialogues to enhance local and regional discussions on the important role of pulses. 
The regional dialogues aim at strengthening national, regional and local capacities to formulate and implement policies and programmes to improve nutritional status. 

The First IYP Regional Dialogue (for Africa) was held on 19/20 April 2016 in Marrakesh - Morocco as a side event of the International Conference on Pulses for Health, Nutrition, and Sustainable Agriculture in Drylands organized by ICARDA and INRA from 18 to 20 April 2016.

The role of pulses in nutrition-sensitive agriculture

Providing a long-term supply of nutritionally rich foods is key to overcoming malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. Until recently, the focus of projects has been either on micronutrient supplementation or only on the food production side. However, long-term nutrition benefits can only be reached through a broader approach that connects nutrition with an agriculture that is imbedded in a social and economic frame. + READ MORE

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Temporary exposition "2016, International Year of Pulses"  Natural History Museum, Santiago de Compostela University, Galicia, Spain, 01 January - 31 December 2016

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