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    International Year of Pulses Newsletter
 November 2016, Issue #4
International Year of Pulses Newsletter

Dear IYP Newsreaders,

With the close of the International Year of Pulses 2016 approaching, in this issue of the newsletter we would like to recap the official events that already took place and announce those that are scheduled for the next few months.

All IYP regional dialogues took place as scheduled:

  • Africa: 19-20 April 2016, Marrakesh, Morocco 
  • Europe and Central Asia: 12-13 October 2016, Rome, Italy 
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: 19-20 October 2016, Santiago, Chile
  • Asia and the Pacific: 24-25 October 2016, Ulaanbataar, Mongolia
  • Near East: 2-3 November 2016, Cairo, Egypt

The results of the regional dialogues will be discussed at the Global Dialogue on the IYP on 22-23 November at FAO headquarters.

Moreover, we are delighted to announce that the official closing ceremony of the IYP will be held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, early in 2017.  

Also, in an effort to further the message of the IYP and to help raise awareness of the benefits of pulses, many multilingual materials including factsheets, infographics, posters, videos and educational booklets, have been produced. You can find them here

International Year of Pulses - Global Dialogue

FAO is organizing the Global Dialogue (GD) on the International Year of Pulses 2016 at its headquarters in Rome, Italy from 22 to 23 November 2016.

The GD will provide a forum for various stakeholders in the pulses sector, to discuss the issues and the challenges related to the production, consumption and trade of pulses. It will also generate a set of recommendations for concrete action and follow-up beyond 2016.

Additional information on the IYP Global Dialogue can be found here.

International Year of Pulses - Activities and events in the Africa region

Since the beginning of the year, there have been various events and activities in the Africa region to raise awareness on the importance of Pulses, such as the Joint World Cowpea and Pan-African Grain Legume Research Conference held in Zambia in February 2016. Following the request of the FAO Assistant Director General/Regional Representative for Africa, all FAO Representations in Africa have been encouraged to promote the IYP through identifying together with governments, a specific day to mark the IYP). So far, 12 countries have marked the IYP and some country highlights include: raising awareness during the World Food Day celebrations in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Niger, Madagascar, Mozambique and Zambia. In other countries, such as Malawi, the IYP was celebrated through advocacy events at National Agriculture Fairs.

Awareness raising activities are expected to continue until the end of the year, as some countries such as Ethiopia, Nigeria, Liberia, Tanzania, Gambia, Senegal, Uganda and Angola are organizing workshops, field days and food fairs to mark the IYP.

Ms. Elizabeth Mpofu, the IYP-Special Ambassador for the region of Africa has also been playing a strategic role in supporting the various awareness raising activities especially among smallholders and family farmers.

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Slow Beans, MUSE, Trento science museum, Trentino Alto Adige, Italy 5-6 November 2016

The International Year of Pulses (IYP) Regional Dialogue for Asia and the Pacific24-25 October 2016, Ulaanbataar, Mongolia

The International Year of Pulses (IYP) Regional Dialogue for Latin America and the Caribbean, 19-20 October 2016, Santiago, Chile

The International Year of Pulses (IYP) Regional Dialogue for Near East: 2-3 November 2016, Cairo, Egypt

The International Year of Pulses (IYP) Global DialogueFAO HQ, Rome, Italy, 22-23 November 2016