News & Events

  • 2017-07-11 - World population day in numbers

    When the first World Population Day was marked in 1990, the global population stood at a little over five billion.

    It's now over half that again, measuring 7.6 billion.

    July 11 is now the day each year when the United Nations tries to bring attention to the importance of population issues.

    So where is it growing fastest and will it ever slow down? We've taken a look at a few of the numbers.

    Video ………….


  • 2017-05-25 - GPC Young Professionals Photo Competition


      Show your love for pulsesl 

      Just send your entries before June 21

      Winner get cash prize USD500

  • 2017-04-24 - Final IYP report by Pulse Canada

    Here is final report about IYP 2016 by Pulse Canada 

  • 2017-04-18 - GPC Member Farhan Adam speaking at the event in China

    GPC member Farhan Adam, Marina Commodities speaking at 2017 China Peas, Flaxseed and Sesame Seed event by CFNA. Click here to watch the video


  • 2017-04-02 - The video from the 1st International Conference; Kiev

    Video about the First International Conference “Pulses. Focusing on Maximum Efficiency" organised by the Community of Pulse Producers and Customers of Ukraine which was held on 17 November 2016 in Kiev.

  • 2016-11-17 - 1st International Pulse Convention, Kiev

    President Huseyin Arslan attended the 1st International Pulse Convention in Kiev, Ukraine. He gave updates for the IYP2016 and announced the "Global Pulse Day" which will be a global event on January 18 to celebrate pulses and continue the momentum of IYP.


    The conference was focused on the global demand and potential of Ukraine in pulse market with the support of Ministry of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine.


  • 2016-11-07 - Dinner event to celebrate IYP2016

    DMCC- Dubai Multi Commodities Centre and Global Pulse Confederation hosted a gala dinner at the Conrad Hotel Dubai to celebrate International Year of Pulses. More than 130 industry professionals attended the event. President Huseyin Arslan and IYP Chair Hakan Bahceci made speeches stated the importance of this year to create awareness to pulse industry.

  • 2016-10-30 - Ancient Pulses from Pompeii, a Roman town-city dating back 70 AD

    Lentils, chick peas and split peas, dated 79 AD, found in Pompéi and Herculaneum 


    photo by Robin Pache 

  • 2016-10-18 - Press event at SIAL, Paris

    President Huseyin Arslan spoke about 2016 International Year of Pulses as part of special press event at SIAL Food Show in Paris. To view the video please click here


  • 2016-05-01 - Arbella 6th International Photography Contest Results

    Arbella 6th International Photography Competition brought together photographers and artists from across Turkey and around the world to celebrate pulses.

    With a high level of participation there were 754 participants from 39 countries with 5805 photographs in total.

    Life and Healthy Dishes with Pulses category award winners will be exhibited at Sheraton Cesme Hotel during 2016 GPC Convention in 19-22 May.


    GPC Special Award Winner

    Ольга Жукова / Russia


    To view all the photos and contest winners please click to visit their website.


  • 2016-01-20 - Pulse Feast - Events Around the World

    On January 6, 2016 the world celebrated pulses by raising awareness of health, nutrition and sustainability benefits of pulses for people, animals and planet.

    To see the full report please click here

  • 2015-11-10 - UN official launch of IYP2016

    The United Nations is launching the International Year of Pulses 2016 at 11:00am in Rome today.

    The press release that the Global Pulse Confederation has released is here attached.  



  • 2015-10-22 - India - Pulse prices expected to drop in a few weeks


    25 lakh tons of imported pulses to arrive in the next 90 days

    Mumbai, October 21st, 2015: India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA), the apex body for the pulses and grains industry in India, today held a press conference in Mumbai to address the growing concerns of spiraling prices of pulses.

    Pravin Dongre, Chairman – IPGA speaking at the conference said, “Private Indian importers, in view of the new crop in Canada and Australia as well as scarcity in India, have contracted 25 lakh tons of pulses to arrive between October 15th and January 31st. Out of these 25 lakh tons of pulses, 2.5 lakh tons of pulses have already arrived at Mumbai port in the last five to seven days. We expect the prices of pulses to drop appreciably in a next few weeks on the back of large quantities of pulses scheduled to arrive at Indian ports.”

    The IPGA officials, referring to the recent decision to withdraw the stock limit exemption for imported pulses, appealed to the Government of India to reverse this decision in light of the large amount of stocks that are due to arrive at Indian ports. IPGA also appeals to all State Governments to give importers, millers, wholesalers and retailers atleast 60 to 90 days to liquidate currently held stocks and achieve the mandated stock limits. Further enforcement of the stock limit will hamper the imports and lead to severe scarcity of pulses in the country.

    Mr. Bimal Kothari, Vice Chairman – IPGA said, “As the apex body for the pulses and grains industry in India, we are concerned about the spiraling prices of pulses over the last few months. However, there are reports of excellent harvests of pulses in Australia, Canada and other exporting countries and stocks will start arriving at Indian ports in the next couple of weeks helping ease the current situation.”

    India has had two consecutive monsoons with deficient rainfall which has led to lower production of pulses. In 2014, the delayed and deficient monsoons hampered the kharif production and unseasonal rains and hail storms in April 2015 affected the Rabi production. The total production for the year 2014-15 stood at 172 lakh tons vis-à-vis 192.5 lakh tons in 2013-14 – a loss of 20 lakh tons.

    In 2015 too, the cultivation has been hit by a deficient monsoon and the Kharif production, as per the 1st advance estimates (released on Sept. 16th) of the Ministry of Agriculture, stands at 55.60 lakh tons vis-à-vis the targeted production of 70.50 lakh tons, an initial deficit of around 15 lakh tons.

    The Weather Watch Group’s report of October 9th shows that the  cumulative  rainfall  in  the  country  during  the  post  monsoon  season  from Oct. 1st to 7th, was 44% lower than the Long Period Average. This could very well mean that the available table moisture, which is critical for the Rabi crop, may not be enough for a good Rabi crop.

    The shortfall in production in 2014-15 was compounded with crop losses in some of the major producing countries like Canada, Myanmar and Africa. These deficits and losses caused a severe shortage in the domestic as well as international markets causing price inflation globally and in India as well. The prices of Tur and Urad have spiraled due to the international and domestic shortages but a number of other pulses like Yellow Peas (@ Rs. 25 per kg), Chana (@ Rs. 50 per kg) and Masoor (@ Rs. 65 per kg) are available at affordable prices.

    IPGA is ready to work with the Government of India as well as Research Institutes in any capacity and work towards increasing production and yield of pulses. A concerted policy framework is required to increase production in India to become self-sufficient and IPGA is willing to extend full support and cooperation to the Government for creating this framework.

    IPGA has always maintained that the demand of pulses has been increasing steadily over the years primarily due to growth in population and consumption fuelled by rising incomes in the middle income group. India has been importing pulses for over 37 years under OGL and the imports stood at 4 lakh tons about 25 years back and is expected to reach 55 lakh tons this year.

    Mr. Hüseyin Arslan, President – Global Pulse Confederation (earlier known as CICILS IPTIC), speaking at the conference said, “India is an extremely important market for the global producers and there are enough stocks available to import. I am sure that the current situation will change shortly.”



    India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA), is the apex body of India’s pulses and grains industry & trade. Its membership encompasses market participants along the value chain. IPGA’s vision is to make Indian pulses and grains industry & trade globally competitive; and in so doing, help advance India’s food security and nutrition security. The IPGA enjoys the support of the Government of India, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution (Department of Consumer Affairs) as well as National Associates and Global Pulse Confederation (formerly known as CICILS IPTIC) the world body for pulses trade.

    IPGA’s aspirations are not just national but to play a leadership role in the region (mainly South Asia) and a dominant role in the global marketplace. In pursuance of its objectives IPGA will seek to address issues that impact production, productivity and marketability of pulses in the country. These include input management, improved agronomic practices, logistics (scientific storage and movement), procurement policy, and inclusion of pulses in Public Distribution System (PDS), to name a few. IPGA has over 270 members including Associations from across India taking the pan-India reach close to 10000 stakeholders.

    For further information, please contact:
    Pradeep Ghorpade
    Mobile: +919820267858 | Email:


  • 2015-08-18 - Financial year change

    We are pleased to confirm that at the most recent GPC executive meeting held in Las Vegas, USA, it was agreed to change the organisation’s financial year (which until now has run from 1st September until 31st August each year) so that from now on it will begin on 1st January and end on 31st December.

    This means, of course, that the membership year will also change, and membership renewal invoices for the coming year which would normally be sent now for payment by 1st September 2015  will now be forwarded to all our members during November 2015, for payment by 1st January 2016.
    Accordingly we are very pleased to advise that we will provide this change over period as FREE MEMBERSHIP for the last four months of 2015 for all current members - as we bring the membership year into line with the financial year.

    The GPC team trusts that you will be pleased with this little bonus and we look forward to seeing you all in Cesme in Turkey next year .

  • 2015-08-06 - GPC Convention Proposals

    Dear GPC Members,

    At the recent GPC Executive Committee meeting in Las Vegas it was agreed to hold the 2016 Global Pulse Convention in Turkey, in recognition of the wonderful support given by the Turkish Government to our bid to have the UN declare 2016 the International Year of Pulses.  After looking at potential alternatives in conjunction with President Huseyin Arslan, the decision has now been made to hold the convention at the Sheraton Hotel in Cesme from 19 to 22 May 2016.  Further full details, registration information and a draft program will be forwarded to you as soon as all arrangements are finalised.

    It was also agreed by the Executive Committee that for 2020 the Global Pulse Convention will return to Dubai to coincide with the World Expo which is to be held there for the first time that this event has taken place in the Middle East.

    Several suggestions have been put forward already to the Executive for holding the Global Pulse Convention in the intervening years 2017, 2018 and 2019 including a very thorough presentation for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2017.   Given the considerable interest now being shown by many member countries in holding the annual Global Pulse Convention, the GPC Executive has decided to ask any country interested in putting forward a proposal to hold the convention in any of the years 2017, 2018 or 2019 to formally do so now, so that all such proposals can be considered and voted upon at the next Executive meeting which will be held in Early October 2015 to coincide with the ANUGA Food Fair in Germany.

    If you are interested in putting forward a proposal for your country can you please prepare a brief power point slide presentation in English, detailing the following points with appropriate photographs and sufficient accompanying information to enable comparisons and  a judgement to be made on the suitability of the proposal:

    ·         Proposed Year
    ·         Proposed Country
    ·         Proposed City
    ·         Proposed Hotel and Convention venue and indicative details of accommodation size and cost
    ·         Any offers of either industry or government assistance or partial funding to support GPC in staging the event

    The submission should be made to reach Gokce Alayunt in the GPC Head Office no later than 15th September 2015 in time to be circulated to the Executive members for consideration at their October meeting.

    We look forward to hearing from you.

    With Kind regards,

  • 2015-04-20 - MEDIA RELEASE

    The Global Pulse Confederation, which represents all sectors of the global pulse (grain legume) industry value chain - with membership from 21 National Associations and over 600 corporate members from 55 countries, is delighted to announce the election of Mr Huseyin Arslan as its new President. 

    Outgoing President Hakan Bahceci (right) congratulates incoming President Huseyin Arslan

    Ratification of the appointment was a highlight of the GPC General Assembly held on the last day of the annual industry convention which took place 12 to 16 April in Las Vegas.

    Retiring President Hakan Bahceci congratulated his successor and noted Mr Arslan’s long and active involvement in the development of the Pulse Industry.  “Mr Arslan has been personally active in the development and expansion of the global pulse sector for over three decades “ he said, “he and his family have been active in the sector for over 60 years, leading one of the sector’s largest pulse processing and exporting companies with a global presence”.

    “The world pulses sector has never before been in the exceedingly positive position it currently enjoys” said Mr Arslan. “Global production and trade volumes have never been higher. The profile of pulses, both in their traditional form and in new ingredient formats is growing seemingly by the day. This momentum we currently enjoy will certainly be dramatically expanded following the United Nations declaration of an International Year of Pulses (IYOP) for 2016”.

    “Having a UN dedicated year is the greatest opportunity in a generation to give pulses the attention they deserve” said Mr Arslan.  “Beans, lentils, peas and chickpeas have been the cornerstone of global nutrition for centuries.  IYOP will drive our goal for Pulses to increase food security for those with shortages and to tackle the increase in lifestyle diseases such as obesity and diabetes.  Plus they improve cropping systems and are good for farmers”.
    “Apart from seed funding of $1.1 million already committed by GPC, very considerable external funding for specific projects in support of IYOP has been committed by both industry and governments in participating countries”. He said.

    “In this regard I must make special mention of Turkish Agriculture Minister Mehdi Eker and his Government who gave so much support to GPC leading up to the United Nations vote for the IYOP.    Without such a positive stand, along with the Government of Pakistan, in putting forward the initial motion for the year to The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO) this would not have been possible.   So it is only fitting that GPC has voted unanimously to hold its next convention in Turkey in April or May 2016, and we will be advising the final date and venue at some time in the next few weeks”. Said Mr. Arslan.  

    “Building on the strength and collaborative approach of GPC it is my intention this year to launch the pulses 20-20 initiative clearly outlining a strategy to exceed 20% growth of the global sector within 20 years starting at IYOP 2016”.  He said.

    Contact for further information: Gavin Gibson, Executive Director GPC:

    Issued by Global Pulse Confederation (GPC/CICILS), Head Office DUBAI, UAE - 20 APRIL 2015



    We are pleased to advise that, at the General Assembly of CICILS/GPC held on 15th April 2015 in Las Vegas, USA, and following approval by the Executive Committee, the GPC/CICILS General Assembly has formally ratified the following addition to its bylaws:

    CICILS Young Professionals (CYP) may select a nominee from their membership to sit as a voting member on the CICILS/GPC Executive Committee.

    Any such nominee must be a financial member of both CICILS/GPC and CYP in good standing for at least two consecutive years including the one in which that person is nominated.  

    The nominee may only stay on as a member of the CICILS/GPC Executive Committee while still a bona fide member in good standing of CYP, and must retire in favour of a new nominee from CYP upon no longer being in such good standing.  

    The “two persons per country maximum” rule currently in the CICILS/GPC By-laws will not apply in the case of the CYP nominee and thereby allows for that nominee to fill a maximum of three per country representation.   This change to the “two persons per country maximum” rule will apply to one only CYP nominated member at any one time. 

    After completion of the term, the next CYP member must be from a different country to the previous CYP nominee.

    The CYP member shall be able to hold the position on the CICILS/GPC Board for a term of 2 years with an option to extend 1 year for a total of 3 years maximum.
    All other conditions of the By-laws will remain in force as they apply to all other members of the Executive Committee.  


  • 2014-06-09 - The Global Pulse Industry takes a Giant Leap to the Future

    In the latest issue Commodity India has released our article discussing about the highlights on 2014 CICILS Convention in Cape Town as well as IYOP 2016. To read the article please click here 


  • 2014-01-16 - Presidents Interview for IYOP


  • 2013-12-22 - Important Media Release

    Issued by International Pulse Trade and Industries Confederation (CICILS IPTIC), Head Office
    DUBAI, UAE December 21, 2013

    United Nations Proclaims 2016 as “International Year of Pulses”
    Pulses – the healthiest grain foods in the world - have captured the attention
    of the United Nations.

    Today, the General Assembly of the UN voted to declare 2016 as the
    International Year of Pulses.”

    “This is an extraordinary day for the global pulse industry” declared Hakan Bahceci, President of the global pulses peak body, CICILS IPTIC.  “Beans, lentils, peas and chickpeas have been the cornerstone of global nutrition for centuries.  Having a UN dedicated year will raise the level of awareness of pulses and the important role they can play in health and nutrition, food security and environmental sustainability.
    Beyond traditional markets, pulses have steadily increased in popularity as people around the world recognize their appeal as nutritious, versatile foods that are essential to healthy diets. 
    The idea of a year dedicated to recognizing the role of pulses in sustainable agriculture and healthy diets was conceived by Hakan Bahceci over two years ago, when CICILS IPTIC commenced work to raise awareness within the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) of the importance of pulses in these areas.  Through the determined support of several countries, in particular Turkey and Pakistan, and the support of the governments of all major producing and consuming countries worldwide, the International Year of Pulses was today passed by the UN General Assembly meeting in New York. 
    "This is the greatest opportunity in a century to give pulses the attention they deserve.  Pulses can help to increase food security for those with shortages and to tackle the increase of diseases linked to lifestyles such as obesity and diabetes.  Plus, they improve cropping systems and are good for farmers," said Hakan.  "TheInternational Year of Pulses will give pulses additional research attention and nutritional programming, which will lead to dietary uptake.  Increased pulse consumption will grow both healthy people and a healthy planet.  We deeply appreciate the United Nation's dedication to the task."
    CICILS IPTIC has set aside $1.1 million as a preliminary reserve to fund activities related to the Year.  A series of national committees are being established around the world by CICILS members to work with their governments, farmers, NGOs, retailers, food manufacturers, health & science organizations and UN bodies to make the year a success globally and in each country. 
     “With rates of diabetes and obesity on the rise around the world, the International Year of Pulses presents an opportunity to recognize pulses for their exceptional potential to offer nutritional well being to people everywhere,” said Hakan.  “2016 will also be an important occasion to learn about the world’s wonderful pulse culinary traditions, and to discover new ways to create healthier foods in the future.”
    Contact for further information:

    Gavin Gibson, Executive Director International Pulse Trade and Industries
    Hakan Bahceci, President, International Pulse Trade and Industries



  • 2013-10-30 - Positive Press for IYOP in Australia!

  • 2013-10-10 - FAO Director General asks private sector to support anti-hunger trust fund.

  • 2013-10-02 - International Agri-Food Network wants stronger voice for farmers in the UN - Hakan Bahceci

  • 2013-09-11 - Australian Pulse Export Data

    Please click here for the latest Australian Pulse export data year to date (July).

    Courtesy of Pulse Australia

  • 2013-08-21 - Pulse Australia Field Days

    Please click here to find further information on Pulse Field Days Australia (courtesy Pulse Australia)

  • 2013-07-09 - International Agri-Food Network

    Created in 1996, the International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) is an informal coalition of international trade associations involved in the agri-food private sector at the global level. The aim of the network is to facilitate informal liaison among professional organizations. The network represents the agri-food business group in a number of international settings, such as the Committee on World Food Security and Nutrition (CFS).

    At its most recent meeting in Rome in June this year CICILS President, Hakan Bahceci was elected Chairman of IAFN. The following article is presented to provide CICILS members with background information on just one aspect of the work currently being undertaken by IAFN to alert you and give you the opportunity to comment.

    UN Voluntary Guidelines on Land Tenure

    The private sector is being called upon to reach out to its networks and raise awareness of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) that were endorsed by the United Nations Committee on World Food Security on 11 May 2012

    Primarily drafted to encourage governments, particularly in developing countries, to set up clear transparent land tenure systems, the guidelines were quickly caught up in the “land grabbing” stories. The private sector was set an ambitious set of goals in one section of the document. 

    The International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) was heavily engaged in the negotiations, urging that “fair, transparent rules benefit everyone” and are essential to successfully producing the food the world needs. To this end, IAFN called for clear national guidelines on land management, recognizing the needs of agriculture in land planning and the vital role of farmers.

    In the final set of guidelines, the private sector is asked to:

    • Ensure transparency on tenure issues and provide comprehensive information,
    • Assess potential impacts on legitimate tenure rights and their holders,
    • Work in partnership with relevant levels of government and local holders of tenure rights,
    • Monitor the impacts of transactions in tenure rights,
    • “do no harm”,
    • Provide remedy where it has caused or contributed to adverse impacts on human rights and legitimate tenure rights.

    Since then implementation has been encouraged by G20, Rio+ 20, United Nations General Assembly and Francophone Assembly of Parliamentarians.

    Crucially, FAO is proposing to make compliance with the guidelines a pre-condition to working with private sector actors and to set up a mechanism to monitor the use of the guidelines.

    Private sector actors are therefore encouraged to reach out to their networks and make sure that actors are aware of the voluntary guidelines. The private sector can also potentially use the uptake of the guidelines as a good example of how it takes its responsibilities seriously to contribute to the proper governance of critical productive resources.

    Participation of private sector representatives is welcome in the ensuing discussions about what, if any, mechanism is appropriate for implementation and for the negotiations of responsible agricultural investment principles.  Contact your association or the International Agri-Food Network at

  • 2013-07-02 - Second report on the situation of Argentine Beans

    Second report on the situation of Argentine Beans Season 2013
    Buenos Aires, June 28th, 2013

    Further to our last release of May 24th., situation is clearer and much more critical nowadays.
    As mentioned before, a relevant portion of the seeded areas are not going to be harvested at all, and the remaining lots which would  not worth spending the recollection costs in a normal year, are being harvested with an extremely poor average yield per ha.

    All farmers and operators report same dramatic picture.
    After Province of Salta decree of agronomical emergency, the Province of Jujuy added its own,
    There is a big effort under progress to collect and preserve the seed to guarantee next season. Till now, same it is not assured.

    What it is far from any doubt is the fact that the present season is the worst suffered ever by the Argentine bean origin.
    There is no available history of a drought as damaging, widespread and persistent as this one.

    All of above allow us to say without a doubt that the events constitute the status of  ' force majeure ' which prevents producers and sellers meet delivery commitments this campaign.
    CLERA, as an umbrella institution makes this declaration to keep the market updated of the latest developments, and does not interfere in any contract made by private companies.

    Mr Horacio Frágola ( Farm Products srl ) President
    Mr Jorge Reynier ( Primore srl ) Vice-President
    Mr Tomas Ramsfelder ( Olega sa ) 2nd Vice-President
    Mr Sergio Raffaeli ( FoodWay sa ) General-Secretary
    Mr Omar Juan ( JV Agroman srl ) Treasurer
    Mr Jose M Lázara ( Lázara sa ) vocal
    Mr Marcelo Soto Acebal ( Desdelsur sa ) vocal
    Mr Adrian Poletti ( Incrementar sa ) vocal
    Mr Diego Mazza ( Ara69 srl ) vocal
    Mr Javier Castro ( JC Impex sa ) vocal
    Mr Martin Loeb ( Ams Food Int sa ) vocal
    Mr Ramiro Santurio ( Sierras de San Antonio sa ) vocal
    Mr. Eduardo Zunino (Olam S.A) member

    Mr Martín Rosenkjaer ( Calafate sa ) vocal
    Mr Rafael Ramoneda ( Marcolini y Ramoneda sa ) auditor
    Mr Guillermo Butler, auditor
    Mr Lucio Crespo ( Sepúlveda sa ) auditor
    Mr Miguel Rodríguez Durañona ( Hijos de Salvador Muñoz sa ) auditor
    Mr Diego Ruiz ( Paramérica sa ) member

    Cámara de Legumbres de la República Argentina
    Av. Corrientes  127 - 6º - ofic. "604"-CABA (1043)
    Tel: 4515-8200 - int 3324/3323 -

  • 2013-06-30 - The recent press release issued by the IAFN

    Private sector mechanism selects new Chairperson
    June 27, 2013

    Hakan Bahceci has been elected as the Chairperson of the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) at the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in Rome. Mr. Bahceci is CEO of Hakan Foods, a self-made businessman from Turkey and now based in the United Arab Emirates. He also serves as President of pulse trade federation - CICILS.

    Bahceci takes on the responsibility as Chairman of the International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) at the same time. Mr Bahceci will lead the Network founded in 1996 to bring together international agricultural associations, representing over 10,000 businesses worldwide.  IAFN works on a variety of issues, including providing the focal point for the Private Sector Mechanism of the UN Committee on World Food Security. Major issues before the
    CFS debates over the next two years include responsible agricultural investment, biofuels, food waste, and investing in smallholder agriculture.

    He has experience of dealing with governments on food security issues and has been leading the campaign to secure 2016 as the UN ‘International Year of Pulses’.

    “I am delighted to be taking up the post of IAFN Chairman at such a crucial time in CFS negotiations,” said Mr. Bahceci.  “The current work remit of the CFS stands to have a huge impact on the private sector and I am committed to helping to find solutions to address global poverty and food security.”

    “I believe there is a huge role for the private sector to play in these challenges. The CFS should be looking to take full advantage of the knowledge, skills and on-the-ground practical experience that is found in the diversity of IAFN members.”

    Mr. Bahceci succeeds Charlotte Hebebrand, Director General of the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA). 

    Katia Sambin, a member of CICILS, was appointed as CFS Advisory Group representative on behalf of the Private Sector Mechanism. She is Assistant Managing Director of ACOS, a pulse company based in Italy, and replaces Morgane Danielou of IFA, who has completed her two year term.

    Previously Sambin has provided guidance for the PSM in the responsible agricultural investment process and represented the private sector at CFS in workshops and other events.

    Katy Lee, Secretariat, IAFN
    +39 331 838 3136

  • 2013-06-20 - UN International Year of Pulses project passes second stage of approval

    CICILS President Hakan Bahceci and Executive Director Gavin Gibson have been attending meetings at the FAO in Rome this week along with executive committee members Gordon Bacon and Cindy Brown and with considerable support from consultant Robynne Anderson and key private sector players including Beppe Urso, Executive Vice President of Leo Burnett World Wide, Birgit Schleifenbaum from major Swiss ingredients and flavours manufacturer Firmenich and Katia Sambin from ACOS. 

    We are delighted to announce that the FAO commission members unanimously voted today in favour of the proposal to have 2016 declared UN international year of Pulses.   This is the second stage in a three stage process which should culminate in formal final approval at a meeting of the UN in New York in December.

    Grateful thanks are due to the Turkish and Pakistan Governments who moved the initial motion in April, and to the many individuals in the global pulse industry who have worked so hard with us towards this goal.   

    For further information please contact Gavin Gibson at

  • 2013-06-11 - Latest Australian Pulse Crop Forecast

    Here is the link for Australian Pulse Crop Forecast for the members who are interested. (Courtesy of: Pulse Australia)

  • 2013-05-09 - Australian Export Data

    Here is the most recent file of Australian Export Data, Year to date March (courtesy Pulse Australia)

  • 2013-05-08 - Singapore convention videos

    CICILS 2013 World Pulses Convention session videos are uploaded! Please click here or to the YouTube icon on top.

  • 2013-05-06 - Latest Australian Pulse Crop Forecast

    Latest Australian Pulse Crop Forecast (Courtesy Pulse Australia)

    NOTE Please be very cautious when viewing this data as the bulk of the Australian winter cropping regions, north/south and west are currently experiencing a very dry period.

    This means that virtually no crop has yet been planted.
    Whilst there is still sufficient time for useful rainfall and thus planting to be undertaken, each passing week will place downward pressure on area and especially yield expectations.

    The current crop forecast has been compiled with the expectation of suitable planting rain falling during May. 

    It is a forecast of grower intent and not of actual planted area.

    Click here to downlaod 


  • 2013-04-29 - Pulse Canada Sustainability Videos

    On Earth Day (April 22), Pulse Canada released two videos focused on the sustainability benefits of pulse crops. The first video titled Food of the Future focuses on the environmental challenges facing the global agricultural industry in feeding a growing world population, and how pulses provide an opportunity to feed the world’s population while making a positive contribution to the environment. The video can be found at:

    A second video called Big Plans shares Pulse Canada’s vision of the future – a future where consumers can reduce the environmental footprint of their food choices every day, at every meal. This video shows how consumers can further reduce their environmental impact by choosing to eat more pulses. Another part of Pulse Canada’s big plan is to encourage the development of new, innovative food products containing pulses. The video can be found at:



    CICILS President Hakan Bahceci and CEO Gavin Gibson have been in attendance at meetings of the FAO Council for the last 3 days along with consultant Robynne Anderson and a key private sector supporter Birgit Schleifenbaum from major Swiss ingredients and flavours manufacturer Firmenich.  Executive Committee members Remo Pedon and Albert Garcia also came to Rome to support us and attended a reception at the Turkish Embassy last night as we worked to make sure all FAO council members were well aware of our project.   

    With grateful thanks to the Turkish and Pakistan Governments who moved the motion and the representatives of around 47 other country governments who spoke in favour of the motion, CICILS IPTIC is very pleased to advise that late this afternoon FAO Council approved unanimously the first and most important of 3 steps towards the declaration of 2016 as UN International year of pulses, to follow the Year of Soil in 2015.  

    While there are never any guarantees of course, we are told that the next two steps in the process are usually more or less formalities and will take place at meetings in Rome June 19th and then New York November or December.  


  • 2013-04-21 - CICILS 2013 World Pulses Convention, Singapore

    A very special thanks to our sponsors, exhibitors and member registrants for helping ensure what has been enthusiastically hailed by attendees from all over the world as the most successful networking and information sharing event ever held for the key players across the vitally important global pulse food value chain.  

    Held in the magnificent Marina Bay Sands complex in Singapore, the convention celebrated 50 years of continuous service by CICILS IPTIC to a global industry worth over US$100 billion annually.  The event brought together key representatives from 17 national peak industry associations and over 700 corporate members from 55 countries involved in the production, processing, marketing and distribution of what is considered one of the most important food and ingredient source across the globe.

    Over three days the convention focussed on many urgent and important issues facing the world including meeting the challenges of climate change and global food security for the over 1 million hungry poor people in the world  who depend upon pulses such as peas, beans, lentils and chick peas for their basic staple - while  at the same time fighting the triple scourge in wealthy countries of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.  

    Delegates heard from health professionals and researchers from across the globe of work presently being done that may lead to successful achievement of both these objectives.   In this regard there was enthusiastic support for the proposal before Food and Agriculture organisation of United Nations (FAO) to have 2016 declared International Year of pulses - which has been proposed on CICILS IPTIC behalf by the Turkish Government with Pakistan Government support.  The proposal has also now received solid endorsement by governments in many of the other FAO member countries including major producing and consuming countries Australia, Canada and USA and will go through its first round of discussion at meetings of FAO in Rome from 23rd April.

    Other highlights included re-election of Hakan Bahceci from UAE as President of the voluntary executive committee for a further two years and the elevation of Turkish member of the executive, Huseyin Arslan to the position of Executive Vice President.
    A complete list of our valued industry sponsors, with a special mention for the substantial main sponsor, Dubai Multi Commodity Centre (DMCC), as well as full information on the convention including session presentations, the executive report on last year’s achievements against formal operating plan objectives, new appointments to the executive committee and other background information such as photos and video will shortly available on our web site

  • 2013-04-21 - Media Release Singapore Convention

    Please click to read media release


  • 2013-04-21 - CICILS IPTIC Operational report for members

    To read the Operational Report  please click here 


  • 2013-04-20 - CICILS New Executive Committee Members

    Changes to the Cicils Executive Committee which were confirmed at the committee meeting coinciding with the Singapore Convention are as follows:

    Hakan Bahceci from UAE unanimously re elected as President for a further two years. New Executive Vice President Huseyin Arslan from Turkey. 

    Retiring executive commitee members are:

    Atef Tadros, Egypt
    Gavin Gibson, Australia
    Gerard Serfati, France
    Miao Hong, China
    Martin Chidwick, Canada

    New members:

    Gordon Bacon, Canada
    Timothy Edgecombe, Australia
    Zhenhu Bian, China
    Ye Myint, Myanmar
    Tewodros Yilma, Ethiopia
    Kunichiro Amakasu, Japan
    Vijay Iyengar, Singapore

    CICILS executive commitee has now representatives from 20 countries;

    Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Ethiopia, Japan, India, Italy, Myanmar, Pakistan, South Africa, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE, USA


  • 2013-04-12 - Comparative Australia, Canada, USA Exports to end Feb 2013

  • 2013-04-05 - Australian Pulse Exports Statistics

    Please click here to see Australian pulse exports statistics 2012 to 2013 year to date

    (courtesy Pulse Australia)


  • 2013-04-03 - PBA Inaugural Pulse Conference Proposed Agenda


    PBA Inaugural Pulse Conference Proposed Program is ready - please click here for more details


  • 2013-03-26 - Understanding Australian Pulse Quality Standards

    SGS Seminar

    Date:  15th April from 3pm to 6pm,
    Venue: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

    The Australian Pulse industry is experiencing steady growth and as such SGS as the leader in the "on site" inspection and certification of bulk and containerized exports in conjunction with Pulse Australia has pleasure in sponsoring a seminar on Australian Pulse Quality Standards to enhance the expectations of both the buyer and seller of Australian Pulses.

    This seminar, conducted by Gerard Mc Mullen, Australia's leading authority on pulse standards and endorsed by Australia's peak industry body Pulse Australia, will include the following on the major pulse species, namely Red Lentils, Desi Chickpeas, Faba Beans and Mung Beans:

    ·         Grain Quality Management from farm to export

    ·         Development of Australian Pulse Standards

    ·         Review of Pulse Standards including the quality parameters and how they are assessed.

    ·         Differences in standards applying at export.

    ·         DAFF Biosecurity, Quarantine regulations that apply for exports.

    ·         Review of existing and new varieties in the pipeline.

    To download the program click here

    To register use this link 

  • 2013-03-10 - Australian Pulse Exports and carryover YTD

  • 2013-03-07 - Australian Pulse Crop Forecast

    Here is the link for Australian Pulse Crop Forecast for the members who are interested. (Courtesy of: Pulse Australia)


  • 2013-02-24 - Latest Pulse Australia Update

    Catch up with some of what’s been happening with Australian Pulses during the last 12 months.  Follow this link to Pulse Australia’s latest emag publication -   Pulse Update Annual 2013

  • 2013-02-19 - Articles for the POD


    The next edition of our emagazine, the POD, is due in early March… With an initial circulation of well over 1000 and a secondary reading by many thousands more of all the key people in  our great Pulse Industry, the magazine provides a unique opportunity for the promulgation of news and events. It has the potential to contribute greatly to improved understanding not only of immediate production and market trends, but also of longer term issues and developments that can impact on your business. However this advantage is lost without your contribution on a regular basis.   

    This is an urgent appeal for your help in contributing news from your region and your part of the global Pulse value chain.  

    ·         We want news on what’s happening in your particular market.

    ·         We want to hear about new developments in research for pulses.

    ·         We want your valued thoughts on future trends.

    ·         We want to add value to our membership.

    ·         We want your comments on other people’s contribution.

    ·         We want letters to the editor.

    Send us your contribution either as a finished article or as a dot point draft….. or even as a short email note referring us to something interesting in your part of the world that we can research ourselves and write an article about in-house.   At any rate – don’t be shy – we will gladly edit anything you send and knock it into shape for publication.

    Let’s have your news today!  Please do it NOW!


  • 2013-02-18 - Increase on Indian Pulse Crop Forecast

    The Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture, has published an advance estimate of Rabi (spring or early summer) crops for the year 2012-13 according to which Rabi pulses harvest would be 12.1 million tons. This is higher than the production target of 11.1 million tons, and higher than last year’s (2011-12) Rabi crop of 11.0 million tons. 

    Chana or gram or desi chickpea which is India’s largest pulse crop is estimated at a record 8.6 million tons, higher than the season’s target of 8.0 million tons and last year’s production of 7.7 million tons. Urad or black matpe production is estimated at 470,000 tons and moong (lentil) at 430,000 tons.

    According to the government’s Weather Watch Group, total area planted to various pulses in the Rabi season this year is an estimated 14.4 million hectares, nearly unchanged from last year. However, area for chana has expanded to 9.3 million hectares versus last year’s 9.0 million hectares.

    In anticipation of a large crop, spot prices of chana had begun to be on a downward trend for the last 2-3 weeks. Prices declined by as much as 10 percent to trade at around Rs 3,600 a quintal (100 kilograms trading lot) by early this month. Although a large chana crop was expected for the second year in a row, the estimate has caught many traders by surprise who did not bargain for such a big number from the government.

    It is of course unclear whether the production number is overstated as suspected by some traders. However, in the absence of any reliable, field-visit based crop survey by the trade it is safer to accept the government data.

    India’s imports are going on apace, with a significant part of arrivals accounted for by yellow peas, the cheapest pulse available in the world market. From April to September, total arrivals of various imported pulses were an estimated 1.5 million tons; and arrivals during September-December 2012 quarter is an estimated between 650..000 and 700,000 tons. 

    With a slowdown in import contracting in the face of the impending harvest, India’s aggregate import volume is unlikely to cross 3.0 million tons on current reckoning.

    Total production pulses for the year 2012-13 (Kharif + Rabi) is an estimated 17.6 million tons, below the year’s production target of 18.2 million tons, but slightly above last year’s production of 17.1 million tons.    

    From: G. Chandrashekhar


  • 2013-02-07 - “BEAT THE TWEET”!



    We want to really get our twitter account working with pertinent and timely news for all CICILS members…….. so  to get it under way we are offering, a really generous prize for  the best tweet received between now and the opening day of the CICILS IPTIC 50th Anniversary Convention in Singapore! 

    YES the winning tweet will receive FREE a full year’s membership of CICILS

    Don’t miss your opportunity get your CICILS membership for FREE…..and don’t forget - even  if you have already paid your annual $250  membership fee and you win the competition we will refund it in full.

    What can you tweet about?

    ·         We’d like to hear comments on the contents of “the POD”, our monthly E-magazine….. do you like what you are reading?   What changes would you like? Tell us if you have some news that should be included.

    ·         Give us a succinct report from time to time on the crop or market situation in your area or line of business.

    ·         Notify us of Pulse related events or activities that may be about to happen in your area (we can add them to the events page on our website).

    ·         Maybe send a very brief report on any of those events or activities after you attend them (was it bad good or really great?).  (Maybe then we can invite you to submit a full report for the POD).

    ·         Have you an anecdote about a well known character in the industry?  (Nice ones that make us smile and don’t hurt anyone’s feelings!!)

    ·         Anything that you think will be of interest to other members.

    So get your thinking hats on and be creative, succinct and most of all interesting with your Tweets and let’s get Twitter working for us!   AND you could be the lucky winner.

    Each week up until the convention we will announce the best tweet received for that week and these will then go into the final judging by a CICILS staff panel  for an announcement to be made on the first day of the Singapore convention. 

    You can tweet as many entries as you like to the CICILS IPTIC Twitter account.


    Good luck and happy tweeting.


  • 2012-12-03 - A great promotional opportunity for YOU!

    The CICILS IPTIC e-magazine committee has agreed to make some limited and inexpensive advertising opportunities available for the monthly e-magazine “The Pulse Pod”. This is an exciting opportunity for members to expose their products and activities to the whole Pulse Industry value chain.
    Spaces will be strictly limited. Advertisements will be accepted by the committee on a first come first served basis commencing with the January 2013 issue.  
    For the time being the spots will be limited to a maximum of:
    * One only Full page USD1,000 (including a mention on front page as being sponsor of the issue)
    * Two only half page USD500 each
    * Two only quarter page USD250 each

    Advertisements deemed by the committee as not meeting a sufficient standard in terms of content will be referred back to the advertiser in the first instance for review but in any event the committee reserves the right to accept or not any advertisement put forward for publication.
    Submissions including draft copy should be sent to the following by 15th December for the January edition and by the 15th of each preceding month for the following monthly editions in 2013. In the case that there are more submissions than available places the ads that miss publication will be held against the following edition of the Pulse Pod in order of receipt, and will of course be referred back to the advertiser to make sure that he is happy to proceed in this way.

  • 2012-11-05 - Indian Government- minimum support price for summer harvested pulses

    The Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture has announced a hike in minimum support price (MSP) for pulses in the Rabi season (planted in late-autumn / early winter and harvesetd in spring (March/April 2013).

    MSP for chana or gram, the principal Rabi season pulses crop, is now Rs 3,000 a quintal (100 kilogram) (Rs 30,000 a ton), up Rs 200 from last season's Rs 2,800 per quintal.

    For the upcoming season, the production target for chana or gram is
    8.0 million tons. In 2011-12 season (summer 2012), the output was 7.6 million tons.

    For masur (lentil), the MSP has been revised up to Rs 2,900/t from last season's Rs 2,800/t.

    There is belief that the hike in MSP would encourage growers to expand acreage and improve input management.


  • 2012-10-30 - ANTI-cancer properties have been found in faba bean extracts

    ANTI-cancer properties have been found in faba bean extracts, along with effects that may have implications for treating hypertension and maintaining healthy weight.

    A team of Australian  scientists researching the health benefits of faba beans grown in Australia was “astonished” to find compounds that may be lethal to some cancers. PhD candidate Siem Siah applied phenolic compounds from Nura and Rossa faba beans to five different cancer cell lines in laboratory experiments at the CSIRO Animal, Food and Health Division in North Ryde during a doctorate she has now completed. astonished by the findings from experiments on anti-cancer and enzyme-inhibiting properties.

    Department of Primary Industries chemist Dr Jennifer Wood co-supervised Ms Siah’s PhD and Dr Izabela Konczak at CSIRO oversaw her experiments. The  Australian Grains Research and Development Corporation funded the research. Dr Wood says the experiment yielded  an insight into the mechanism that inhibited the cancer cell multiplication. “Normal healthy cells are programmed to multiply, grow and die (cell death is called apoptosis),” Dr Wood said. “On the other hand, cancer cells evade the process of apoptosis, continue to proliferate and become tumors. “However, this work showed faba  bean phenolics induced normal cell death in the cancer cells. “Conversely, the extracts had no effect on the proliferation of normal human colon cells tested; a very favourable outcome.”

    Additional experiments on the interaction with important human enzymes showed that phenolic extracts from faba beans inhibited angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE), a common target of pharmaceutical medication for hypertension. These compounds also inhibited the action of the digestive enzymes alphaglucosidase and lipase, which could mean slower digestion (and therefore a longer feeling of being full after a meal) and lower sugar and fat absorption by the digestive system.

    For more information read the full story in the November issue of the CICILS e-magazine “The Pulse POD” or email

  • 2012-10-20 - CICILS IPTIC youth initiative off to a flying start

    23 young people from 15 countries world-wide have formed the inaugural CICILS YOUNG PROFESSIONALS WORKING GROUP following a brainstorming session organised to coincide with the CICILS IPTIC Executive meeting in Parison 20th October, prior to the SIAL Food fair.  
    By the conclusion of the session four sub groups had been formed that will develop draft proposals for approval by the CICILS Board of directors that cover:

    • Structure, mission and vision / Group Leader: Charles Wachsmuth Members: Kyle Hinrichs, Iman Reda, Kivanc Baskaya, Atheeqe Ansari
    • Funding opportunities / Group Leader: Mattia Pedon / Members: Pedro Alvarez, Karan Gupta, Veysel Memis, Iason Georgeoglou
    • Communication strategy / Group Leader: Elyce Simpson Fraser / Members: Jono Semmler, Kivanc Baskaya, Rita Alejandra Villafane, Tuba Memis
    • Member and potential member data base / skills and experience matrix / Group leader: Felicia Soumah / Members: Florent Cattaneo, Tala Mobayen

    The next step  will be to develop  projects that the CICILS YOUNG PROFESSIONALS WORKING GROUP can undertake on their own initiative between now and the Singapore Convention in April next year at which they will be given a place in the program to report on their accomplishments to the rest of their global industry. Some excellent suggestions for these potential projects were put forward at the brainstorming session, including what could really be a significant contribution to the success of our hopefully forthcoming 2016 International Year of Pulses. This suggestion involves investigating the use of social media and the development of  an international competition for the best pulse recipes in the world…. With the winner to be announced on a very special “CICILS day of pulse cooking” to be designated on the same day in all countries world-wide, towards the culmination of the international year.

    The enthusiasm, dynamism and `strength of focus of these CICILS Young Professionals is impressive, as is their desire to contribute to the common good of their chosen industries.  They are to be heartedly congratulated on commencing what promises to bring a new phase in the growth of our organisation and become a fundamental plank in the development of proper succession planning for its future.


    For more information or to enquire about joining the CICILS YOUNG PROFESSIONALS email

  • 2012-10-06 - Subsidies on pulse imports

    Notification from the Indian Government regarding subsidies on pulse imports;

    New Delhi: The government has raised the subsidy on imported pulses to 20 rupees per kg from the earlier 10 rupees, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said on Thursday after a cabinet meeting, a move which could increase imports.

    India is the world's biggest consumer and importer of pulses. It imports mainly from Myanmar, Australia and Canada to bridge the mismatch between local production and demand.

    The government supplies pulses to the poor at cheaper rates through the subsidy system.

    The cabinet has also allowed state-run trading agencies to import 1 million tonnes of vegetable oils for local sales in 2012/13.

    India meets more than half of its 16-17 million tonnes a year edible oil requirement through imports.

  • 2012-09-01 - New Executive Director

    Mr. Gavin Gibson, Executive Vice President of CICILS / IPTIC and former CEO of Pulse Australia has been appointed as the Executive Director of CICILS / IPTIC effective September 1, 2012.

    A well-known personality in the global agribusiness circles, Mr. Gibson brings with him long years of experience and expertise in the pulses sector. Gavin was appointed CEO of Pulse Australia Limited in July 1999 following his retirement from a very successful broadacre farming venture in Tasmania, Australia. He has had considerable past experience developing and managing agricultural industry bodies including not only the last 13 years with Pulse Australia, but also as a long term committee member of the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, as the founder, deputy chair and executive manager of Tasmanian Quality Wool Inc. and more recently as a board member of the Australian Government Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) funded organisation, Pulse Breeding Australia.

  • 2012-07-18 - Winner - eMagazine competition

    CICILS thank to all participants for their contributions and their great interest on this project.
    We are happy to announce the winner by getting most votes from eMagazine committee is; “The Pulse Pod” suggested by Marcus Coles from Maviga Europe Limited. He won a free registration to CICILS Annual Convention in Singapore, 2013. We congratulate and thank him for his support. 

  • 2012-07-05 - CICILS Mediation Guidelines

    We are pleased to inform all our members that CICILS Mediation process is now being available. If you require more information, please email to CICILS secretariat

  • 2012-06-15 - Suggest a Name & Win a free Registration

    CICILS emagazine needs a catchy name and is looking for you to help !

    Collated by experts, the emagazine will have updated and useful information about the industry and members. This emagazine belongs to you and CICILS wants your help in naming it!

    Name and win a free registration to CICILS 2013 World Pulses Convention in Singapore.

    Please submit your idea to:

  • 2012-05-08 - CICILS IPTIC Youtube Channel

    CICILS IPTIC is pleased to launch CICILS IPTIC Youtube channel !
    Clippings and videos of CICILS 2012 World Pulse Convention opening ceremony, conference sessions and social events are all uploaded, click  to check;

  • 2012-03-16 - CICILS organized a Road Show luncheon in Kathamandu, Nepal

    The 30 local industry guests who attended the presentation expressed a great interest in attending the Convention in Dubai this coming April.
    Special guests amongst many were the President of the Association of Nepalese Rice, Oil & Pulses Industry, Mr. Kumud Dugar and Executive Committee Member & Co-Chairperson of The Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Mr. Om Prakash Bansal.


  • 2011-10-20 - CICILS initiated the International Year of Pulses Project

    CICILS President Mr.Bahceci attended to FAO meeting as a part of IAFN (International Agri-Food Network) in Rome between 18-20 October 2011. By getting FAO member's support CICILS objective is to organize an International Pulse Year.