At a special celebration of FAO’s World Pulse Day at its headquarters in Rome, FAO said that pulses played a key role in addressing food insecurity and ensuring a healthy and balanced diet for all, according tomedia reports. The Director-General of THE United Nations Agricultural Organization, Qu Dongyu, noted that the price of beans was higher than that of other major crops, providing a good opportunity for smallholder farmers to grow cash crops and also contributing to the achievement of environmental and biodiversity targets.
Beans are “important members of the food family” and can be adapted to different landscapes with many different flavors. FAO member countries should encourage attempts to include beans in casual foods.
At the same time, FAO will continue to work with all partners to improve the production and consumption of pulses to help enhance nutrition, particularly to meet micronutrient needs of children and the elderly, and to promote sustainable agriculture and food systems.
Why are beans so important?
Beans are edible seeds for legumes such as lentils, chickpeas and Bambara beans, which contain a large amount of micronutrients, dietary fiber and minerals and are an important source of plant protein.
Legume plants are also able to fix the production of high-quality organic matter in the atmosphere with nitrogen and catalytic soils, which also contribute to the retention of water. These characteristics help farmers reduce fertilizer and energy inputs in farming systems, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
About World Pulse Day
The “World Pulse Day”, led by FAO, was a success, and the United Nations General Assembly, at its 73rd session in December 2018, approved the request of the Government of Burkina Faso to make 10 February as World Pulse Day.