2016 International Year of Pulses Australia



Twitter and Facebook have come alive with people from Australia and the world pledging to eat, grow and learn more about pulses in 2016 as part of the International Year of Pulses Celebrations.

Search #AusIYP16, #IYP2016, #PulseFeast and #LovePulses to see all the action.

Click here to see some of the people from across Australia making their Pulse Pledges:

 Australian 2016 IYP Pulse Feast



To register to attend the Gala Launch Dinner in Melbourne, VIC on 28 January 2016 click here.

For more information on the Gala Launch Dinner click here.

In December 2013, the United Nations declared 2016 as the International Year of Pulses (IYP). This announcement was made after significant campaigning by the international pulse community led by CICILS IPTIC (Global Pulse Confederation).

To assist in the delivery of IYP in Australia, the establishment of a National Committee has been developed to provide specific industry and technical guidance to ensure project outputs relevance, ongoing collaboration and industry application.

The goals of the 2016 IYP are to

  • raise the profile of pulses and to celebrate the role of beans, chickpeas, lentils and other pulses in feeding the world,
  • position pulses as a primary source of protein and other essential nutrients, and
  • promote broad discussion and cooperation at the national, regional and global levels to increase awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by pulse growers, be they large scale farms or small land holders.

More information on IYP can be found at www.fao.org/pulses-2016/en or you can follow us on our Australian Social Media Platforms:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ausiyp16

Latest News

  • International Year of Pulses 2016 Global Launch in Rome

After much anticipation, The official launch of the 2016 International Year of Pulses (IYP) was held at FAO Headquarters on 10 November. The launch of the International Year of Pulses marked the conclusion of the Year of Soil, which is appropriate as pulse crops produce a number of different compounds that feed soil microbes and benefit soil health. Pulses emit nitrogen into soils, making them a sustainable and nutrient-rich crop.

The International Year of Pulses Launch ceremony also marked the beginning of a year-long initiative to raise awareness about the important crops and their many benefits. In addition to official remarks given by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, representatives from member states, UN agencies, the private sector, civil society and farmers’ organizations spoke to the importance of pulses and the aims of the year. The Permanent Representatives of Turkey and Pakistan, who serve as co-chairs of the IYP Steering Committee, provided opening and closing remarks for the ceremony. Visit the FAO IYP website for more information.

Read the Australian IYP 2016 Media Release regarding the official launch on 10 November 2015 here.

  • Australian Activities

The Australian IYP National Committee have been working behind the scenes since 2014 to develop up a number of opportunities to engage the nation in 2016 International Year of Pulses celebrations and objectives.  More information on the individual activities are available on the Events page, including how to become involved in: