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Why International Year for Millets 2023 ???

The year 2023 has been designated as the International Year for Millets by the United Nations General Assembly, in recognition of the important role that these grains play in promoting food security, nutrition, and sustainable agriculture.

Millets are a group of small-seeded grasses that have been cultivated for thousands of years, particularly in Africa and Asia and are known for their resilience and ability to grow in harsh conditions.

Millets have long been an important part of the diets of people in many parts of the world, particularly in areas where other crops may not thrive due to poor soil, low rainfall, or other environmental factors. Millets are a rich source of protein, fiber, and minerals such as iron and calcium, and are often used in traditional dishes such as porridge, bread, and beer.

Despite their nutritional and environmental benefits, millets have been largely overlooked in recent years in favor of other crops such as wheat and rice, which are easier to process and have a longer shelf life. This has led to a decline in millet cultivation and consumption in many parts of the world, particularly in urban areas.

The International Year for Millets aims to raise awareness of the importance of these grains and promote their cultivation, consumption, and trade. The year will focus on several key themes, including the nutritional benefits of millets, their role in sustainable agriculture and climate resilience, and their potential as a source of income and livelihood for farmers and rural communities.

To achieve these goals, the United Nations is partnering with governments, NGOs, research institutions, and private sector organizations to support research and development of millet-based products and technologies, promote millet-based diets and recipes, and provide training and support for farmers and entrepreneurs to increase millet production and trade.

The International Year for Millets provides an important opportunity to highlight the potential of these ancient grains to contribute to a more sustainable and equitable food system. By promoting millets, we can support small-scale farmers, enhance biodiversity, and improve food and nutrition security, while also addressing some of the challenges posed by climate change and environmental degradation.

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Tushar Talware


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