The International Year of Pulses (IYP) drew to a close February 10 with an official ceremony in Burkina Faso. With the slogan 'Nutritious Seeds for a Sustainable Future', IYP was launched in November 2015, and the UN General Assembly nominated its Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to lead implementation. Since then, connections have been fostered among key actors from farmers' organizations to the private sector to facilitate information exchange and policy dialogue on the production, trade, and consumption of pulses. A technical pulses database was created, a cookbook featuring recipes from international chefs was published, and the official multilingual IYP website provided information on pulses. Though the IYP has now officially closed, there has been a sound call to keep the momentum alive and continue activities beyond 2016. FAO will carry on working with stakeholders from governments to family farmers to champion pulses as small but powerful allies in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
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