With climate change now a permanent reality, it is imperative to recalibrate the approach towards understanding and nurturing this vital crop for dryland communities, according to ICRISAT Director General Jacqueline Hughes
Under its G20 presidency, India has been flagging concerns of the Global South including in areas of food, fuel and fertiliser besides focusing on ensuring inclusive global growth, speedy implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs)...
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An Export Promotion Forum (EPF) has been specially established to promote millets in the international market through sharing of knowledge and opportunities
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The government has already taken many steps to promote millets, including allocation of coarse grains (millets) under PDS
Millet Mantra To Address Malnutrition And Climate Change
At the behest of India, the United Nations declared 2023 as the International Year of Millets. Earlier, India declared 2018 as the National Year for Millets. Apart from the Government of India, various State Governments, too, have launched their respective millet missions. Companies like Britannia, Hindustan Unilever, ITC, Nestle and Tata Soulfull, as well as thousands of start-ups and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), too, are focusing more on millets.
The reasons are compelling. One of the first crops to be domesticated in India, millets are touted as the next super food owing to their high nutritional content of proteins, carbohydrates, dietary fibre and amino acids. Besides, millets are climate resilient for their low carbon and water footprint and can grow on poor soils with little inputs and withstand high temperatures. Millets have the potential to help achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ...
According to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), millets are small seeded annual grasses that are grown as grain crops, primarily on marginal land in dry areas of temperate, sub-tropical and tropical regions. Grown in more than 100 countries, millets are traditional foods of more than half a billion people. India accounts for more than 20 per cent of the global millet production today and it is set to increase in the future.
The Government’s and the private sector’s focus on millets to address the twin challenges of malnutrition and climate change sits well with the Outlook Group’s much acclaimed and multi-year initiative championing the cause of Poshan under the banner of recently relaunched Outlook Planet website. We are also committing ourselves to create an enabling ecosystem through our editorial initiative to accelerate India’s journey to eradicate malnutrition and catalyse climate action while supporting income generation of marginal farmers and entrepreneurs. Given the scale and severity of challenges, we invite all like-minded stakeholders to join hands.
– Rajiv Tikoo is Consulting Editor - Sustainability,
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