Following the success of the International Year of Pulses (IYP) 2016, World Pulses Day is a new opportunity to heighten public awareness of the nutritional benefits of eating pulses. Pulses are more than just nutritious seeds, they contribute to sustainable food systems and a #ZeroHunger world.

The IYP highlighted the role of pulses in sustainable food production aimed towards improving food security and nutrition.

Under Resolution A/RES/73/251, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) designated 10 February as World Pulses Day to reaffirm the contribution of pulses for sustainable agriculture and achieving the 2030 Agenda.

The UNGA has invited FAO, in collaboration with other organizations, to facilitate the observance of World Pulses Day.


Pulses are highly nutritious

Pulses are economically accessible
and contribute to food security at all levels 

Pulses have important health benefits 

Pulses can optimize the use of fertilizers
and improve soil health

Pulses enrich agro-biodiversity and increase
resilience to climate change

Pulses help re-establish the functioning
of ecosystems and improve ecosystem services

Pulses contribute to SDG’s 2, 3, 12, 13

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