World Pulses Day 2023: Yearly World Pulses Day is held on February 10 to promote pulses’ nutritional and environmental benefits for sustainable food production. Most countries grow pulses, or legumes. To promote pulse awareness and access, the UN General Assembly declared Pulses Day in 2019.
Pulses benefit agri-food systems and the environment, hence the Steering Committee chose ‘Pulses for a Sustainable Future’ for the 2023 celebration.
World Pulses Day 2023: History
This year’s festival will highlight pulses’ role in improving soil productivity, farming system resilience, water-scarce farmers’ lives, and more. Pulses are essential to sustainable food production because they use less water and can withstand drought and climate change.
World Pulses Day history and significance
Pulses were recognized by the UN General Assembly in 2013 and 2016 was named International Year of Pulses. UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) raised awareness of pulses’ nutritional and environmental benefits.
West African landlocked Burkina Faso suggested World Pulses Day after the International Year of Pulses ended. Finally, the UN General Assembly declared February 10 World Pulses Day in 2019.
Nutrient-rich pulses are high in protein. They reduce cholesterol and blood sugar due to their low fat and high fiber content. They also fight obesity and control non-communicable diseases including diabetes and heart disease.
Farmers value pulses because they can sell and eat them. Pulses grow easily and need little water. Farmers are safer and more economically stable because they can withstand drought and climate disasters.
Pulses promote soil fertility and agriculture output by fixing nitrogen. Therefore, World Pulses Day is crucial to raise awareness about pulses and their acceptance worldwide.
World Pulses Day 2023: Facts
- India produces 25% of worldwide pulses, around 23 million metric tons.
- Fermentable fiber in pulses may prevent obesity, constipation, and colon cancer.
- Pulses include galactans, which produce bloating, gas, and stomach pain.
- Pulses only need 43 gallons of water to produce a pound, unlike other crops!
- The most extensively grown pulses in Africa include cowpea, common beans, groundnuts, pigeon pea, chickpea, and soybean.