Fava Beans Trading and Distribution Solutions
Our network of fava bean suppliers and traders leverage Targray’s efficient global supply chain and deep industry insights to unlock value for wholesale buyers and distributors of fava beans in markets throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Operating out of our Pulses trading desks in Canada and the United Arab Emirates, our fava bean suppliers work with farmers, millers, traders and bulk buyers to source and distribute this popular bean variety worldwide. To learn more about our fava bean trading solutions, contact a member of our Pulses team.
About This Product
The Fava bean – also known as the Faba bean, field bean or broad bean – is a robust cool-season crop that grows in temperatures ranging from 5° to 24°C. Native to the Mediterranean region, the Fava bean is one of the oldest known cultivated plants, with its culture dating back to prehistoric times.
North America is an increasingly important source of fava bean production, as the crop grows and yields best in areas with cool summers. Like many other legumes, the fava bean is able to fix atmospheric nitrogen. As such, it is less reliant on fertilizer and soil organic than many other crops.
The Sustainability of Fava Beans
The Fava bean is a highly sustainable rotational crop, owing to its ability to restore nitrogen to the soil through a process called nitrogen fixation. It can ‘fix’ over 90 per cent of its own nitrogen requirements. In turn, this means less industrial nitrogen fertilizer needs to be applied by farmers.
Beyond addressing its own nitrogen requirements, the fava bean improves soil fertility and lowers the need for fertilizer for other crops on the farm as well. Lowering the amount of fertilizer needed can yield a higher net return for producers, while also helping reduce the amount of greenhouses gases (GHG) emitted.
The Health Benefits of Fava Beans
The nutritional importance of the fava bean is significant as it offers a valuable amount of energy. It is a rich source of protein, fiber and secondary metabolites which have shown to be beneficial to human health. In some developing countries where meat can be scarce, it can provide the essential amino acids required for growth and repair of human body tissues.
The fava bean is also being considered for its therapeutic potential as it contains a precursor to catecholamine, a hormone used in drugs to treat Parkinson’s disease.
The Global Pulse Confederation (GPC, formerly known as CICILS IPTIC) represents all segments of the pulse industry value chain from growers, researchers, logistics suppliers, traders, exporters and importers to government bodies, multilateral organizations, processors, canners and consumers.
India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA), is the apex body of India’s pulses and grains industry & trade and its membership encompasses market participants along the value chain. The association has a pan India reach of over 10,000 stake holders involved in the farming, processing, warehousing and import business of Pulses across the entire value chain.
Established in 1987, the Canadian Special Crops Association is a non-profit alliance of over 100 processors, exporters and service providers engaged in the production and trade of Canadian pulses and special crops – including peas, lentils, chickpeas, beans, mustard, canaryseed, sunflower and buckwheat. CSCA members include individuals, partnerships, corporations and other legal entities engaged in the growing, export, merchandising, brokerage and supply of pulses.
Pulse Canada is the national association representing pulse suppliers & traders, as well as the growers and processors of Canadian pulses including dry peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas. The organization is focused on creating efficiencies through the elemination of pulse trade barriers by ensuring continued market access in key regions, keeping crop protection products available to growers and advocating for the improvement of domestic grain transportation.