The Agrocorp Singapore office was thrilled to engage in CSR activities as part of our celebrations for World Pulses Day. World Pulses Day falls on 10 February every year and the celebration presents a unique opportunity to raise public awareness about pulses and the fundamental role they play in the transformation to more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life.

Northwest Service Week

As part of our celebrations for World Pulses Day, we participated in the Northwest Service Week organised by the NorthWest CDC and SMU Business Family Group. This activity involves a pop-up supermarket that allows needy residents in the neighbourhood to come ‘pick’ packaged foods and grocery items.

We were happy to contribute commonly consumed pulses like mung beans, red beans and chickpeas. Pulses offer affordable nutrition, being protein and fibre rich; and with its long shelf life, very little gets wasted. Especially gratifying was the volunteerism spirit from some of our team members who took a weekend morning to participate in this activity, which turned out to be a lot of fun for the volunteers too. Indeed, when we give, we receive more.

Educating about Pulses to Seniors

Another CSR activity we engaged in to observe World Pulses Day involves sharing with seniors at the Anglican Care Centre in Havelock. During the session, we explored the health wonders of pulses, discussed their nutritional richness and how they contribute to both personal health and environmental sustainability. From sharing cooking tips to illustrating their place on a healthy plate, every moment was an opportunity to foster understanding and bring about positive change.
Despite initial reservations about the talk, the seniors actively participated, asking insightful questions and embracing the knowledge shared. We ended off the session with a pack of lentils for each participant to take home, and we believe that this pack could start off their journey of including pulses as part of their regular diet.
This experience reaffirmed the importance of community outreach and education, reminding me of the profound difference we can make when we come together with a shared purpose.