Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada marks the 2016 International Year of Pulses

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada marks the 2016 International Year of Pulses


Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is joining other organizations worldwide to celebrate the 2016 International Year of Pulses and raise public awareness about the importance of pulses in our daily lives.

Pulses are the edible dry seeds of plants in the legume family and include dry beans, dry peas, lentils and chickpeas:

samples of pulses in bowls

Pulses are a vital source of plant-based proteins for people around the globe and can make a significant contribution to a healthy diet. They are an important Canadian agricultural crop, grown to meet domestic and international demand. In addition, pulses are leguminous plants that have nitrogen-fixing properties which can contribute to increasing soil fertility and have a positive impact on the environment.

Research Overview

AAFC is involved in pulse research with a focus on:

  • Ensuring that Canadian pulse crops meet the highest standards in nutrition, safety, and value so they can be enjoyed at home and sold around the world.
  • Boosting the productivity of Canadian producers, increasing Canada’s ability to compete with other pulse-producing countries, thereby maximizing Canadian profitability.
  • Developing and improving sustainable farming practices that protect our natural resources and keep the agriculture sector strong and viable for the future.
  • Addressing emerging threats to the pulse value chain, such as crop diseases, pests, and trade interruptions.

Check out some recipes using pulses here