WORLD PULSES DAY
Pulses, and legume species in general, contribute to the sustainability of food systems and function as one of the main drivers to enable healthy diets. Pulses are particularly important for sustainable crop production due to their ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen and to improve in some cases the turnover of phosphorous, thereby contributing to optimizing the use of soil nutrients that has been key in improving farming techniques in low-income rural areas and achieving a Better Environment.
Moreover, pulses are an affordable source of protein for a large proportion of rural populations in the world who may have limited access to diversified diets. Pulses are also nutrient-dense, providing substantial amounts of vitamins and minerals that are important for good health, contributing to Better Nutrition. Pulses are inexpensive and easy to store.
Pulses can be key to increasing the resilience of farming systems and providing a Better Life for farmers in water scarce environments, as they have a low water footprint and can better tolerate drought and climate emergencies compared to other food crops. Pulses are, therefore, an essential tool to tackle climate change.
In short, the world’s growing population could be fed more sustainably with pulses.
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Special event- Thursday, 10 February 2022 12:30-14:30 CET
World Pulses Day “Pulses to empower youth in achieving sustainable agrifood systems”
Pulses contribute to creating economic, social and environmental opportunities for sustainable agrifood systems. But for the successful adoption of a pulse-driven agriculture, young people must be at the centre of any strategy.
Youth can act as a bridge between traditional farming techniques and new technologies, helping to make agriculture more sustainable and nutrition-sensitive. They can also bring added value to the promotion of pulses by shedding light on new business opportunities along the value chain.
The celebration this year under the theme Pulses to empower youth in achieving sustainable agrifood systems will focus on the key role young people play in shaping a better future for food and bring testimonies and perspectives of youth organizations’ representatives.
The Local Peace Economy joins the United Nations in its call for a Decade of Action to transform the world by 2030. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 17 goals, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. The spirit of human endeavor has demonstrated our shared ability to deliver the extraordinary. The 17 SDGs are our best tools/hope for people and planet. So join us as we to work urgently to shift the world and our local community onto a sustainable and resilient path of peace, that leaves no one behind.