UN launches International Year of Pulses
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10 November 2015, Rome--- Pulses, including all kinds of dried beans and peas, are a cheap, delicious and highly nutritious source of protein and vital micronutrients that can greatly benefit people’s health and livelihoods, particularly in developing countries. Under the slogan “nutritious seeds for a sustainable future", the UN General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses to raise awareness of the many benefits of pulses, boost their production and trade, and encourage new and smarter uses throughout the food chain.

Welcoming remarks by Aydin Adnan Sezgin, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Turkey to FAO and Co-Chair of the IYP Steering Committee.
08min. 38sec.

Address by José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General.
05min. 22sec.

(00:00) Intervention by Mahmoud Solh, Director-General of the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA); (16:14) presentation of the IYP Action Plan by Marcela Villarreal, Director of the Office for Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development, FAO-IYP Secretariat; (23:40) remarks by Nadeem Riyaz, Permanent Representative designate of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to FAO and Co-Chair of the IYP Steering Committee.
34min. 18sec.

Interventions from the floor by participants.
23min. 56sec.
Topic(s): Agriculture & crops, Food Security, Nutrition
Produced by: FAO
Reference: 11411