Pulse Innovation Platform
Launched on the occasion of the International Year of Pulses 2016, PIP is an open invitation forum where members network and connect to identify bottlenecks hindering innovation, and develop solutions beyond what individual members can achieve alone. Read more
PIP-India Launch: March 8th & 9th, 2017
What is a Pulse?
Where does the word "pulse" come from? What is the difference between a pulse and a legume? What are the benefits of integrating pulses in our diet? Why are pulses important to sustainable development? Read more
Partners in the Pulses Innovation Platform (PIP)
The MCCHE has spearheaded the development of the Pulse Innovation Platform, with the aim of achieving affordable dietary diversity and balance through the promotion of nutrient-rich food, such as lentils, beans, and chickpeas. The MCCHE aims to address the lack of awareness of the overall benefits of pulses, particularly in the West. In order to accomplish these goals, the MCCHE has established worldwide partnerships. Read More
In the Media
Low- and lower-middle-income countries are increasingly emphasizing the role of agriculture and food in their economic development plans. This requires a change in perspective – moving from a focus on agricultural production to a consideration of the entire food system.” Both Professor Laurette Dube and Assistant Professor Nii Addy contributed to, “Setting New Frontiers for 21st Century Food Systems Research and Action” (pages 47-52). Download article
Pulses – legumes, beans and peas – are poised to become the food of 2016 thanks to a massive global marketing effort, reports National Food Reporter Ann Hui in The Globe & Mail. That means big business for Canadian growers, who make up 35% of global pulse production. Read more
The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYP)
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) was 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 aimed to heighten public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security and nutrition. The year 2016 created 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.