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From butter beans to pigeon peas: UN launches International Year of Pulses (IYP)

2016 will promote protein power and health benefits of dried legumes

Pulses are an affordable alternative to more expensive animal-based protein, which makes them ideal for enhancing diets in poorer parts of the world. 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 read more.
International Year of Pulses website

2014 International Year of Family Farming

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The United Nations declared 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming

FAO, together with its partners, is facilitating the implementation of the year with the following objectives:

  • Support the development of agricultural, environmental and social policies conducive to sustainable family farming
  • Increase knowledge, communication and public awareness
  • Attain better understanding of family farming needs, potential and constraints and ensure technical support
  • Create synergies for sustainability

Here you can find the FAO’s presentation