World Pulses Day is observed every year on 10 February.
In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) under resolution A/RES/68/231 declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYP). Thanks to the efforts of Burkina Faso, who proposed the observance, the UN (A/RES/73/251) designated 10 February of every year as World Pulses Day.
This reaffirms the contribution of pulses for sustainable agriculture and achieving the 2030 Agenda. FAO facilitates the observance of this Day in collaboration with Governments, relevant organizations, non-governmental organizations and all other relevant stakeholders.
Pulses are rich in nutritional value, an important part of a healthy diet, and a good source of protein and micronutrients. Pulses, and legumes in general, play an equally important role in soil health maintenance and improvement.
Pulses are more than just nutritious seeds – they also contribute to achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development. They play a critical role in addressing challenges of poverty, food security, soil health and climate change. These species provide many opportunities for improving the sustainability of agricultural production systems.
The virtual event
The World Pulses Day celebration in New York will be an opportunity to raise awareness and recognize the contribution of pulses to sustainable food systems and healthy diets. The event will take place virtually on 10 February 2021, 1.10 – 2.30 p.m. (EST).