World Pulses Day

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2024 Date10 February 2024
2025 Date10 February 2025

World Pulses Day

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World Pulses Day highlights the importance of pulses in achieving sustainable food systems and healthy diets. These leguminous crops, which encompass lentils, beans, peas and chickpeas among others, play a crucial role in promoting food security, enhancing soil fertility, and mitigating climate change. The day seeks to boost people's awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses and encourages their inclusion in diets around the world.

World Pulses Day was first established by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 2018, following the successful celebration of the International Year of Pulses in 2016. This day assumes significant importance for India, given that it is the world's largest producer and consumer of pulses. It resonates greatly with many Indian farmers who depend on pulses for their livelihood. Furthermore, pulses form a vital part of our country's cultural and culinary heritage, being key components of several traditional dishes that are not just savoured for their taste but also for their protein and fiber content, which contribute to a balanced diet.

In India, World Pulses Day is observed through a variety of programmes and initiatives that aim to raise awareness about the importance of pulses in sustainable agriculture and healthy diets. Farmer organizations, research institutions, and government agencies work together to put up exhibitions, disseminate information, and conduct training and demonstrations on the best farming practices for pulses, improving yields, and cooking demonstrations. Attention is also drawn to new research, innovations, and policies that can enhance pulse production and consumption in India. World Pulses Day is celebrated globally on the 10th of February. However, related events and activities, in India, may take place throughout the month of February to dedicate proper attention to this crucial crop.

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Facts about World Pulses Day

  • The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN recognizes 11 different types of pulses: dry beans, dry broad beans, dry peas, chickpeas, cow peas, pigeon peas, lentils, Bambara beans, vetches, lupins, and pulses nes (not elsewhere specified).
  • According to, the first evidence of pulses dates back 11,000 years ago to the Fertile Crescent. This is a region in the Middle East that was home to early human civilizations.
  • Pulses with the most protein per 1/2 cup are:
    1) Great Norther Beans - 9.7 grams
    2) Lentils - 9 grams
    3) Split Peas - 8.2 grams
    4) Black Beans - 7.6 grams
  • Pulses have been a staple of the Indian diet for centuries. India is the largest producer, consumer, and importer of pulses globally.
  • One of the major pulses-producing states in India is Madhya Pradesh, followed by Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh.

Top things to do in India for World Pulses Day

  • Learn more about pulses and their benefits with an educational video by the FAO.
  • Learn about the Global Pulse Confederation, a not for profit hoping to create an inclusive global pulse organization.
  • Join Online Campaigns: Many organizations run online campaigns in social media to raise awareness on World Pulses Day. You may participate in such campaigns.
  • Attend Indian Pulses Conclave: This event brings together experts from all over the country to provide insights into the pulse industry and its future. It also offers opportunities for networking and learning about the latest technology and trends in the pulse industry.

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