This post was written by Brian Clancy, Editor at STAT
The International Year of Pulses (IYP) has finished, but the work of promoting and further developing pulse markets continues.
With this in mind, the latest edition in the Export Essential series is freely available to all industry participants. It is a compilation of current statistics on export trade and supply-demand for a wide range of pulses and other crops. Most of the data is for Canada, the United States, and Australia. But, there is also selected trade data for other countries and global summaries.
Efforts to promote pulses started while the Global Pulses Confederation was making its proposal to have the United Nations declare an International Year of Pulses. When that happened in 2014, an enormous amount of work was poured into making 2016 a global success. In no small way, pre-IYP efforts by the industry went a long way to encouraging food manufacturers to increase the number of products which contain pulses. There was close collaboration between some national association and companies with major food manufacturers to help them understand the role of pulses in foods. New products are not developed over night. The wide range announced in the past year would not have occurred without those pre-IYP efforts. The work will continue post-IYP.