Stories tagged: global pulse confederation

Huseyin Arslan: The Importance of Global Standards to Facilitate the Food Trade

In this guest post, Huseyin Arslan, President of the Global Pulse Confederation (GPC) outlines the trade challenges facing the pulse industry, and how they can be addressed.

Trade, and policies that enable trade, are critical for many reasons. They help to reduce poverty, advance sustainable economic growth, support jobs, raise living standards, enhance food security, and help people everywhere get accessible safe, affordable, nutritious food.

Market access issues are some of the most important obstacles to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal 2 to end hunger. Many of the world’s farmers, including the smallest, depend on the ability to trade their produce and purchase food; in fact they are the largest single net buyers of food. Continue reading

Hakan Bahceci: Making 2016 a Breakout Year for Pulses

In this guest post, Hakan Bahceci, CEO of Hakan Foods and Former Global Pulse Confederation President, explains why everyone should be talking about pulses in 2016.

An ancient group of crops is being reborn. 2016 has been declared the International Year of Pulses, and will celebrate the humble beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas that despite being part of one of the oldest crop groups to be farmed, have fallen out of fashion in some parts of the world and become marginalised in agricultural and development policies

07For the last five years, poor monsoons have impacted pulse production. In addition, El Niño and other climate change impacts, subsidies on cereals over pulses, and lack of research budgets, have all taken their toll.

Yet pulses can be a major weapon in the fight against many of the most urgent challenges the global population faces, from malnutrition and hunger, to climate change, water scarcity and land degradation.  Continue reading