The biggest awareness-raising campaign in the pulse industry’s history gets underway with a series of events scheduled for the coming months.

By Dario Bard

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The highly anticipated International Year of Pulses (IYP) is here! The worldwide celebration of pulses gets underway with a flurry of events this month. To help readers make the most of this monumental occasion, IFT has prepared the following rundown of the key IYP events that every pulse industry member should be aware of. Mark your calendars!

November 10th: United Nation’s Official IYP Launch

The official launch of the International Year of Pulses will take place at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s headquarters in Rome. The event will feature speeches by FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva and leading figures from the international pulse community, including top industry leaders and experts from academia. The kickoff ceremony will be followed by a luncheon featuring pulse-based dishes and a technical workshop on pulses and agriculture.

November 18th: North American IYP Launch

The Global Pulse Confederation will host a luncheon for special guests, including ambassadors and other dignitaries, at the UN headquarters in New York to mark the launch of IYP in North America.

Later that evening, the U.S. Dry Pea & Lentil Council has arranged a very special dinner for leading food journalists and bloggers at Public, a Michelin star restaurant in Lower Manhattan. The dinner will feature pulse-dishes prepared by renowned chefs Alex Guarnaschelli of the Food Network, Michael Solomonov of Zahav, Seamus Mullen of Tertulia and Sam Mason of OddFellows Ice Cream. Public’s very own chef Brad Farmerie will prepare pulse-based hors d’oeuvres to be offered to guests as appetizers.

November 19th: Little Beans, Big Opportunities: Realizing the Potential of Pulses to Meet Today’s Global Health Challenges

This international scientific/policy conference is the first of eleven UN-sanctioned IYP signature events prepared by the Global Pulse Confederation and its partners. The conference will take place at the New York Academy of Sciences Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science and focus on pulses and human nutrition. Registration is open to all.

November 20th: Little Beans, Big Opportunities: Side Meeting

Following the Little Beans, Big Opportunities conference, a handful of the participants will meet once again at the New York Academy of Sciences for this side event, at which they will discuss the lessons that can be drawn from the previous day’s conference and how they can be implemented to promote pulse production and consumption.

January 6th: Pulse Feast

A worldwide call for people to gather with friends and family for lunch and dinner parties featuring pulse-based dishes. Those who take part will be encouraged to upload photographs and videos of their very own special Pulse Feast.

This is truly a privileged time to be in the pulse industry. Spread the word and be part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity through the following platforms:

  • Websites: iyp2016.org and pulses.org (to be launched November 10)
  • YouTube channel: Pulses2016 (to be launched November 10)
  • Facebook: LovePulses (to be launched November 10)
  • Twitter: LovePulses
  • Instagram: LovePulses (to be launched November 10)
  • Pinterest: LovePulses (to be launched November 10)
  • LinkedIn: GPC Company Page and IYP Showcase Page

Seize the moment and help the global pulse industry make the most of the International Year of Pulses, 2016!

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