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Brazil: Lentils for Prosperity in 2015

Katy Lee shows off the lentils that are traditionally eaten in Brazil to start off New Year.
Katy Lee shows off the lentils that are traditionally eaten in Brazil to start off New Year.

Emerging’s Stakeholder Relations Director, Katy Lee, joined a Brazilian family in the southern state of Santa Catarina to see the New Year in with a bowl of lentils, which tradition dictates should be eaten on the first of January to guarantee wealth and prosperity over the coming twelve months.

Brazil, being the world’s biggest consumer of beans, is a strong supporter of research and development into pulse crops. In 2015, Brazilian pulse producer organisations will contribute as one of the 30 national promotion committees preparing for the International Year of Pulses 2016 with the Global Pulse Confederation. For them, the Year will be an opportunity to promote the unique value of pulses in terms of nutrition, soil health, natural resource use and of course… prosperity!

Robynne Anderson

Robynne has extensive experience in the agriculture and food sector, working throughout the value chain – from basic inputs to farmers in the field to the grocery store shelf. She works internationally in the sector, including speaking at the United Nations on agriculture and food issues, and representing the International Agri-Food Network at the UN.Throughout her career she has worked with farm organisations like the Prairie Oat Growers Association, the National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi and the Himalayan Farmers Association, as well as global groups, to further the voice of agriculture in the food debate. She has also worked with Fortune 500 companies growing worldwide businesses to assist them with issues management and strategy decisions.

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