World Pulses Day is a global celebration, dedicated to raise awareness about the nutritional and environmental benefits of pulses, which include lentils, beans, chickpeas, and peas. The day is observed annually on February 10th and is organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
Pulses are an important source of protein, fiber, and other essential nutrients, and are a key component of a healthy diet. They are also a sustainable food option, as they require less water and land to grow compared to other protein sources such as meat.
In recognition of World Pulses Day, many organizations and individuals participate in events and activities that promote the consumption of pulses. This can include cooking demonstrations, educational workshops, and social media campaigns.
Theme for World Pulses Day 2024
This year the theme of World Pulses Day 2024 is Pulses: nourishing soils and people
Soils are essential to human food production. In addition to providing the foundation for food security, healthy soils also supply the minerals required to prevent malnutrition, stunted growth, and other diseases linked to nutrient deficiencies, such as anemia. Therefore, pulses maintain healthy soils in addition to providing nourishment for people.
The worldwide event will present a unique opportunity to emphasize the significance of pulses as a resilient and sustainable alternative for agricultural production systems diversification, supporting robust and healthy soils as well as agricultural food systems in the face of environmental and climate change.
Additionally, from an economic perspective, the global pulses industry, which deals with the production and trade of pulses, shows to be a helpful force in ensuring the robustness of regional and international supply chains, allowing consumers to access wholesome foods, and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources.
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) designated 10 February as World Pulses Day in order to build on the success of the International Year of Pulses (IYP) in 2016 that was implemented by FAO and to recognize the potential of pulses to help further realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (WPD).
In addition, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) organizes a special event to celebrate World Pulses Day. The event brings together representatives from governments, international organizations, and the private sector to discuss ways to promote the production and consumption of pulses.