2016 International Year of Pulses Newsletter March 2016

The Pulses Conclave
Jaipur, India

Over 1,000 people attended the Pulses Conclave held in Jaipur February 17th to the 19th. The Conclave highlighted the importance of pulse trade to India as two years of poor harvests have reduced domestic production. This Conclave brought many positive synergies, including when the Myanmar Overseas Trade Association and IPGA signed an understanding to work jointly to promoting trade. The IPGA also agreed to work with ITC to promote small pulse businesses in developing countries, and with ICRISAT to improve pulse productivity. For more highlights from the event click here.

#LovePulses Product Showcase Competition

The #LovePulses Product Showcase encourages the development of innovative food products containing pulses as core ingredients. So far Ethiopia, India and Canada have awarded their great innovative products.

Australian Institute of Food Technologists (AIFST) is leading Australia’s national competition. The competition theme is to improve and develop an existing product already in the supermarket through the inclusion of pulses. AIFST student competitions will take place March 2016 where 3 final teams will be selected to advance to the National competition scheduled for June 27th and 28th in Brisbane during the AIFST annual conference.

The big finale of the Mission: ImPULSEible took place at the Canadian Institute of Food Science & Technology (CIFST) on February 22nd in Vancouver, during CIFST’s annual conference under the theme: Pulse Innovation in Traditional Food Products. Regional competitions took place in November, December and January. Six teams from each province competed in Vancouver with Canadian celebrity chef Vikram Vij who served as one of the judges for the Mission: ImPULSEible National Championship.

The Academy State Administration of Grain (ASAG) is planning to hold 2 competitions; one targeted to students at 8-10 cooking schools, and the other targeted to food company employees. The national competition will take place on March 2016.

The competition took place on January 25th. The event was attended by about 110 participants along with EIAR Director General, Dr. Fantahun Mengistu and representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Eight competitors from small enterprises and institutions displayed pulses products using faba bean, field pea, chickpea, common bean, mung bean, lentil, and cowpea. The winner, Mrs. Greiling, showcased six new nutritious and delicious pulse-based products as ‘special menu’ of the day, starting with breakfast, lunch, snack, right up to dinner. Learn more here.

The theme of the Indian competition was to create a snack food or convenience food product (ready to eat, ready to heat) made with pulses that focus on technology, innovation or recipe development. The competition was launched on October 1st, 2015. Two teams from each of the North, South, East, West and Central zones travelled to Jaipur for the national competition. 34 submissions were received! The national winners competed and were selected at the Pulses Conclave in Jaipur on February 18th. A team of students from the Institute of Hotel Management in Bangalore: Alok Prasad, Aseem Kumar, Harsh Bansal, and Saurabh Agarwa used adzuki beans, red split lentils, black gram and other ingredients to create “Adzuki Coins” a wonderful new snack.

The Japan Pea and Bean Importers Association will be hosting a pulse cooking competition in September 2016.

The competition will be held at the Regional Center for Agricultural Research – INRA, Rabat. The main goal of this competition is to highlight innovation in food legume processing. Thereby, candidates will be selected principally as food technologists, food professionals and Rural Associations for food legumes processing. The winning candidate will be announced on April 19th during the Side Event on food legume technology, which will take place on the occasion of the International Conference on Pulses for Health, Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture in Drylands, in Marrakech, April 18th to the 20th, 2016.

The US Dry Pea & Lentil Council (USDPLC) is leading the USA national competition. The USDPLC is partnering with the Research Chef’s Association (RCA) to host the 2016 Student Culinology® Competition during the Annual RCA Conference, March 8th to the 11th in Denver, Colorado. Student teams will be required to develop ideas for a frozen retail, single serving, and microwaveable meal using pulses. The product should be based on Rocky Mountain/Southwest regional cuisine, and should target a final ingredient cost of less than $1.25/serving. The deadline for the written proposal was on December 1st, 2015.

Updates from the National Committees:

Australia: IYP2016 Launch Gala Dinner
The Australian IYP Gala Launch Dinner was held on January 28, 2016 at the Melbourne Museum. The event was the first of its kind, dedicated entirely to Australian Pulse Industry, and was supported by 330 delegates from across the pulse value chain; including pulse producers, leading Australian and global trade businesses, community leaders, consumers, and government representatives. For more information on the event Click here.

Chile: Dry Bean Field Day celebration in Chile
INIA scientists showcased their dry bean research advancements at the annual INIA Quilamapu Bean Field Day in Chile on January 27, 2016 at the Experimental farm station. The event focused on dry bean breeding programs for disease resistance, yield and quality increases, weed management and sowing density. Learn more here.

Netherlands: “Blije Boon” Free Pulse Booklet
The Netherlands have created an informative booklet about the benefits of pulses to give to consumers for free. This booklet has been distributed at many pop-up and planned events including the Nationale Gezondheidsbeurs (National Health Fair), Press Releases, and Food Truck events. Check out this awesome booklet here.

Norway: #LovePulses infographics
The Norwegian National Committee translated the Love Pulses infographics into Norwegian. These are now available for use here!
We encourage all committees to translate the infographics in their national language and send the files to tilly@emergingag.com.

Spain: Spanish IYP2016 website launched
The Spanish Pulse association has officially launched its IYP 2016 website to further promote the International Year of Pulses! You can visit the website here. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook!
Turkey: Pulses Meals Exhibition
The “Pulses Meals Exhibition and Lunch Organisation” took place on January 23rd, 2016 by Mersin Commodity Exchange in cooperation with TAŞPAKON. This celebration included a media event and pulse-based meals. Read the event recap here.

Other Updates:

FAO Promotional Materials
The FAO has developed a series of resources including brochures, posters, presentations and infographics. These are all available for download here.

FOODEX Japan 2016
The FOODEX in Japan on March 8th to the 11th showcases products from the Food & Beverage industry. There will be a World Pulses Booth to showcase the International Year of Pulses. For more information visit here.


We’ve had such a great start to 2016. There’s still more things we are working to accomplish!

–        If you would like to support more videos: for $20,000

–        Further media outreach: $30,000

–        Or a new brochure for the year: $15,000

Let us know by contacting Tilly (tilly@emergingag.com).


Join us

Join the growing list of partners and organizations around the world planning and organizing activities to celebrate pulses. Contact:  iyp@emergingag.com

About GPC and IYP

Global Pulse Confederation has set aside $1.1 million to fund activities related to the International Year of Pulses. 33 national committees have been established by GPC members around the world to work with their governments, farmers, NGOs, retailers, food manufacturers, health and science organizations and UN bodies to make the year a success globally and in each country. For more information or to participate in any listed activities, please contact: iyp@emergingag.com