With IYoP planning in full swing, IFT takes a closer look at the pulse industry’s main event, which saw its highest levels of participation in years.

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Those who attended the CICILS 2014 World Pulses Convention held earlier this month represented an energized sector ready to take on the challenges facing global food production. Less than six months since International Year of Pulses 2016 (IYOP) became official, the level of excitement about the future of pulses was palpable at this year’s event.

A healthy mix of familiar and new faces, including traders, brokers, importers, exporters, growers and government officials from around the world, came together at the Cape Town International Convention Centre to share information, ideas and experiences.

IYOP was a major theme this year, and industry members from far and wide expressed their willingness to contribute to the campaign’s success. During his opening remarks, Hakan Bahceci, current President of CICILS IPTIC and CEO of Hakan Agro, emphasized the value of pulses in addressing global food issues and how IYOP can unlock this potential.


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“As an industry we need to develop strategies to encourage pulse consumption and production, particularly in low and middle income countries, and International Year of Pulses 2016 presents the ideal platform to introduce new strategies to the world,” he said.

“We have great products, we have markets, and now we have an ideal platform to promote the industry so that we can take this industry to the next level.”

Bahceci also offered his “heartfelt recognition” of Nelson Mandela, whom he said was “the father of modern South African democracy and a beacon of freedom for all of us.”

“I am sure that if he were with us at this convention today, Nelson Mandela would be as enthusiastic as I am about the potential we are about to unlock for pulses, the healthiest, most nutritious and affordable full food in the world, to contribute a vital part in making his dream for all mankind to live a healthy life, free from hunger, come true,” he said.

Bahceci’s enthusiasm was echoed throughout the convention as notably vocal industry members participated in panel discussions and Q&A sessions on different pulse crops, weather trends and promotion of IYOP.

Photo (left-right): Hakan Bahçeci (CEO of Hakan Agro and current CICILS-IPTIC President), Robynne Anderson (CEO of Emerging Ag), Gordon Bacon (CEO Pulse Canada) and Katia Sambin (Assistant CEO ACOS Spa, Pedon Group)
Photo: Panel discussion with record attendance and audience participation in the Q&A sessions.

One particularly memorable moment that seemed to encapsulate the positive vibe at the convention was  US Dry Pea & Lentil Council CEO Tim McGreevy’s showstopping rendition of Pharell Williams’ “Happy” with pulse-related lyrics, which he performed at the tailend of the the “Great Ideas” panel discussion. Using his song as an example, McGreevy proposed the development of YouTube video downloads by different national associations as a way to engage young people and get them involved in IYOP.


Though IYOP was officially announced in December, the CICILS 2014 World Pulses Convention felt in many ways like the true launching of a global initiative to make the world a better place through the production and consumption of beans, lentils, chickpeas and other pulse crops. The year 2016 will be the first time in history that pulses receive the international attention they deserve, and industry members clearly have a lot to sing about.


Online Media Resources – Seeded by CICILS-IPTIC

Visit the CICILS-IPTIC website for upcoming information and access to online registration for next year’s CICILS 2015 World Pulses Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada U.S.A.

This week CICILS-IPTIC released post-convention remarks and online resources to the following:


Monday May 5th 2014:

  • Welcome Remarks: WATCH VIDEO
    Hakan Bahceci, CEO Hakan Agro DMCC / President of CICILS IPTIC
  • Keynote Address: WATCH VIDEO
    Minister Alan Winde, Ministry of Finance, Economic Development & Tourism – South Africa
  • Global Pulses Supply & Demand Outlook: WATCH VIDEO
    G. Chandrashekhar, Associate Editor of The Hindu Business Line Newspaper – India
  • Wild Weather Extremes & Special Crops: WATCH VIDEO
    Randall Duckworth, Director of Worldwide Activities US Dry Bean Council – U.S.A.
  • CICILS Young Professionals Progress Report: VIEW PHOTO
  • Iman Reda, Vice President GEDCO – Canada
  • Mattia Pedon, General Manager ACOS Spa – China
  • Panel Discussion: Red Lentils WATCH VIDEO

Tuesday May 6th 2014

  • Panel Discussion: International Year of Pulses (Part 1) WATCH VIDEO
  • Panel Discussion: Great Ideas WATCH VIDEO
  • Panel Discussion: International Year of Pulses (Part 2) WATCH VIDEO
  • Panel Discussion: White/Black/Speckled/Red/Fava Beans WATCH VIDEO

Wednesday May 7th 2014


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