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    International Year of Pulses Newsletter
 September 2016, Issue #3
International Year of Pulses Newsletter

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IFAD support provides welcome boost for efforts to promote International Year of Pulses

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has welcomed a $100,000 contribution grant by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to promote activities linked to the International Year of Pulses (IYP).

The agreement aims to support a series of initiatives around the world to raise awareness on the nutritional importance of pulses and the critical role they play as part of sustainable food production. + READ MORE

Regional Dialogue for Europe and Central Asia

The IYP Regional Dialogue for Europe and Central Asia will take place at La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy on 12 and 13 October 2016, under the title: “Nutritious seeds for a sustainable future”.

The two-day facilitated event will bring together a wide spectrum of stakeholders and representatives of different constituencies/sectors in the Region.

Additional information on the IYP Regional Dialogue for Europe and Central Asia, can be found here.

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Ancient crops for a sustainable future

The properties of pulses have been known for centuries. In his Rerum Rusticarum (37 BC), the ancient Roman scholar Marcus Terentius Varro recommended to plant legumes in poor soils as they do not require many nutrients. According to Varro, these crops offered not only immediate returns in the form of grains, but they also enriched soils for subsequent crops.

Pulses, however, are far older than the Roman Empire. These crops are inextricably linked to the first civilizations which developed in the Fertile Crescent during the Neolithic age as well as to the origins of agriculture. + READ MORE

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The Codex Alimentarius of pulses

Did you know that pulses have their own food standards?

The Codex Alimentarius is a food code established in 1963 by FAO and WHO which sets international standards. For over 50 years Codex Alimentarius has helped ensure food safety, quality and fairness in international trade. FAO and WHO member states not only participate in drafting Codex standards, but in many cases, their national and regional laws and norms are based on them. + READ MORE


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Exhibition - Celebrating the International Year of Pulses, IAEA Headquarters, Vienna, Austria, 20 September 2016

Conference on the occasion of the International Year of Pulses: “Nutritious seeds for a sustainable future”, Ministry of Agriculture, Budapest, Hungary, 29 September 2016

2016 Ano Internacional das Leguminosas, Unilúrio University, Campus Marrere Bairro de Marrerre, Rua Nr. 4250, Km2.3, Nampula, Mozambique, 29 September 2016

The International Year of Pulses (IYP) Regional Dialogue for Europe and Central AsiaLa Sapienza University, Rome, Italy, 12-13 October 2016