This special issue of Ann NY Acad Sci
highlights how increasing consumption of pulses can help address challenges related to the health of the population and the planet. Pulse industry collaboration with all sectors and scientific disciplines is necessary to drive this change. The United Nations declaration of 2016 as the International Year of Pulses (IYP) provided an unprecedented opportunity to showcase pulses on the global stage for their contribution to affordable nutrition, health, and sustainability. Objectives established by the global pulse community for the IYP included (1) to increase pulse production by 10% from 2015 to 2020, (2) to increase pulse consumption by 10% from 2015 to 2020, and (3) to improve market access to facilitate local, national, and international trade.
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