World Pulses Day 2023 Landmark University Edition
Theme: Pulses for a Sustainable Future
World Pulses Day is an annual event celebrated on the 10th of February to raise awareness on the nutritional as well as environmental benefits of Pulses. The goal of this day is to promote the use of Pulses as a sustainable food source and highlight its importance for a healthy diet and healthy planet. The Landmark University 2023 edition commemoration was organized in conjunction with SDG 2 and SDG 12.
I was privileged to give a presentation on the theme “Pulses for a Sustainable Future”, to commemorate the 2023 edition of World Pulses Day held on the 10th of February, 2023 at Landmark University.
There is a common myth associated with Pulses in African countries as a poor man’s food which has contributed to its low consumption level was demystified. Examples of this Pulses which can also be referred to as legumes includes dry beans, dry peas, lentils, cow peas, pigeon peas, lentils, etc. Emphasis was also laid on the impact of annual celebration of World Pulses Day which contributes its quota yearly to sustainable food systems to make the vision of zero hunger across the globe while becoming a responsible producer and consumer. The managements, Faculty, staff and students of the University were reminded of health benefits and reasons for incorporation of pulses in our diet (dishes) aside its protein content among which are provision of substantial amounts of vitamins and minerals including iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc and Foliate, management of blood glucose levels and weights. It’s also a sustainable ecological solution and serve as tasty alternatives for those avoiding meat for ethical or health reasons. It was concluded with some recommendations listed below
- Because pulses contain twice the amount of protein found in whole grains; make it a point of duty to eat at least 3 cups of beans (pulses) per week.
- Growing of pulses as mandate crop is encourage as its production is comparatively smaller compared to cereals
- More soft loan should be given encourage their cultivation
- Remember that “You are not only what you eat, but you are also why you eat”.
I was also opportune to join the commemoration event (zoom meeting) organized by FAO where several presentation were made on theme Pulses for a Sustainable Future.
I really want to appreciate the Vice Chancellor, Prof Charity Aremu and the entire management for giving me this privilege. Have pulse-full plate all year and remain healthy.
Also attached my slides and some pictures taken during the program
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Dr. Abiola Olaniran
Coordinator SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production)