The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYP) (A/RES/68/231). The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been nominated to facilitate the implementation of the Year in collaboration with Governments, relevant organizations, non-governmental organizations and all other relevant stakeholders.
The IYP 2016 aims to heighten public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security and nutrition. The Year will create a unique opportunity to encourage connections throughout the food chain that would better utilize pulse-based proteins, further global production of pulses, better utilize crop rotations and address the challenges in the trade of pulses.
Agricultural Institute of Slovenia will join the activities within the IYP 2016 with its research and professional work that has been already for years dedicated to pulses (beans, faba beans, etc.). This work includes maintenance and evaluation of genetic resources of pulses from Slovenia, research in the area of genetics and physiology, production technologies, crop protection and breeding of new varieties of pulses. In the last years focus has been given also to evaluation of nutritional value.