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This article describes the origins of staple crops around the world and reports that millet is also a staple crop traditionally grown by indigenous communities in India. Although millet cultivation has been neglected for around 60 years, the North East Slow Food and Agrobiodiversity Society (NESFAS) has worked to reintroduce millet to the Nongtraw village in India. Millet is nutritionally rich and is considered a climate smart crop, so NESFAS hopes it can make a comeback as an important crop.
This is a link to a documentary about a millet harvest festival that happens in the Nongtraw village in India. It faded for many years due to decreased millet use, but the North East Slow Food and Agrobiodiversity Society (NESFAS) is trying to bring back this tradition.
The consulate general of India in Guangzhou, China held an event focusing on the International Year of Millets. During the event, a dietician talked about the health benefits of millets. A chef from an Indian restaurant also did a demonstration on Indian dishes made using millets.
Consulate General of India, Guangzhou : Events/Photo Gallery (cgiguangzhou.gov.in)
The Global Millets Conference held in New Delhi promoted millets to many other countries.
Domino's pizza has launched a millet pizza crust product in Gujarat, which is a state in India.
Finger millet production is being promoted by the government in Odisha under the Odisha Millet Mission Programme. They are doing this by giving farmers incentives to implement improved agronomic practices, such as the System of Millet Intensification (SMI). This includes quality seed production, farming innovations, and the introduction of weeders and millet threshers. They also raise consumer awareness on millet and its nutritional value.
This is a link to the website of the Odisha Millets Mission Program. It provides information on how they promote millet production and consumption and where their projects take place.
After the global millets conference, India hosted a round table meeting for countries to discuss millet promotion strategies.
This website describes the System of Millet Intensification in more detail. They are working to increase crop efficiency from within in order to reduce the hunger gap and address climate change conditions.
The government of Guyana offered 200 acres of land for the production of only millets. They are working with the government of India because India will provide technology and technological support for the production of millet in Guyana.
This article details which types of millets are grown in India and their nutritional composition. It also describes the promotion initiatives that take place in some of the different states of India.
At this event, the Consulate General of India in Vancouver celebrated the International Year of Millets 2023 by speaking about their benefits and presenting on the various initiatives led by the government of India and the Food and Agricultural Organization. Additionally, the co-founder of Nature's Path, a large organic cereal brand, spoke on his memories of being introduced to millet and using it in the company's cereal products. A health practitioner also spoke on the medicinal value of millets, and millet based food was served at the event.
Millet seed soup is a traditional food cooked in Vietnam for the annual worm killing festival, showing that millet is important for tradition in Vietnam.
The UN wants to bring millet to Afghanistan because it would be well adapted to the country's arid climate and would be ideal to replace poppy cultivation. Introducing millet to Afghanistan could improve food security.
This is a link to a Twitter post by the Food and Agriculture Organization in Nepal promoting millet cookies.
This is a link to a post by the Food and Agriculture Organization in Nepal talking about how information about millets is being shared in schools.
This is a link to a post by the Food and Agriculture Organization in Nepal showing how information about millet is being shared in schools.
The government of Sri Lanka and the Food and Agriculture Organization were supported by Germany to increase the production of finger millet in Sri Lanka.
The Kilinochchi District in Sri Lanka held a field day for harvesting finger millet. The purpose of this field day was to promote cultivation of minor millets in Sri Lanka.
An agricultural expert from China has developed a hybrid millet that has high yield and drought resistance. They plan to introduce this hybrid millet to African countries because it is ideal for their climate.
The Sarova Panafric Hotel in Kenya celebrated the international year of millets by cooking millet cuisines for guests. This event happened with the help of the Indian High Commission.
Millets, Underutilised In Kenya, Widely Used In India
The government of Zimbabwe agreed to increase production of millet during their celebration of the International Year of the Millet. They noted that millet can help Zimbabwe achieve food sovereignty and better nutrition at a household level.
A member of the transitional sovereignty council in Sudan stated that they will increase their efforts to produce more millet. Additionally, the head of the annual millet festival initiative in Nyala affirmed that millet is important to the culture of the people.
Nyala in Sudan holds an annual millet festival to provide information on the challenges of producing millet and promote it's heritage.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in Sudan has developed a plan to increase the country’s production of millet during the International Year of Millet. This boost in millet production will contribute to the agenda for sustainable development. The Indian Embassy will also help to promote millet in Sudan
This Smart Food Initiative in Tanzania promoted finger millet and pigeonpea to school students in Tanzania. This was to test their potential in the market. They found that the reason pigeonpea and millet weren't as popular before was because of misconceptions. After promoting new recipes, students liked the food and were willing to eat it more often.
The ICRISAT promoted millet in African countries by providing seed packs, releasing new production technologies, and producing more seed. Researchers from NARS also took part in this program. The end result is an increased production of millet and sorghum in the project countries.
The Indian government is working with the Zambian government to increase production of millet after it has declined in recent years. Millet is important for food security in Zambia, and since the Zambian government is willing to increase millet production, their local agricultural food system will become more resilient.
Zambia’s millet production drops by 33%, India offers expertise
The government of Niger held an inaugural national millest festival to promote pearl millet. The first lady of Niger also became a Smart Food Ambassador to promote millet as a healthy and sustainable food.
This article is a more detailed description of how the first lady of Niger, named Dr Lalla Malika Issofou, is leading the millet movement. She led the second annual International Millet Festival, where Smart Food masterclasses were offered for students, hotel chefs, and the leaders of Niger. The festival also consisted of meetings, demonstrations, culinary workshops, contests, and panel discussions.
The University of Nottingham in the UK has conducted a small-scale project researching pearl millet productivity. This webpage links to four of their articles on the findings of pearl millet.
This is an article by a company founded in the UK promoting a type of African millet. It describes the benefits to growing millet and describes a promotion strategy, which is sharing millet recipes on Instagram using the hashtag #IYM2023.
After the International Year of the Millet was declared, a gluten-free specialist in Italy decided to invest in a project called Varieta Italiane di Miglio, which aims to reintroduce millet to Italy and other parts of Europe. Millet is a gluten-free grain.
This is the website to the gluten-free specialist mentioned above named Dr. Schar. This article promotes millet for a gluten free diet and gives a few suggestions for how to prepare millet based meals.
This article describes the aims of the Re-Cereal project, which is led by the gluten-free specialist in the link above. The project is a cross project between Italy and Austria. It aims to increase crop biodiversity in Europe by reintroducing traditional millet crops. This project also includes scientific research on the millet crops.
This article is about how Australia could potentially start using native millet instead of wheat. The University of Sydney published a report about the benefits of using millet to make bread rather than wheat. Native millet was originally used by Aboriginal people in Australia.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will hold an International Millets Conference from August 1st to August 3rd of 2023.
At the University of Colorado- Colorado Springs, their Grain School is celebrating the year of the millets in 2023, along with the UN. This means that course content about millets will be available online. Course content includes farming and processing, nutrition, health, and culinary uses of millet.
The University of California Berkeley’s Millet Project raised money to farm and promote millet. This is a link to their fundraising page.
The Millet Project at University of California Berkeley hopes to show that millet grain isn’t just for birds and is a staple crop in many parts of the world. The project team’s goal was to diversify agriculture and diets by promoting millets. Additionally, California is in a drought, so millet would grow well since it is a drought-tolerant crop.
A research team at Cornell University called the East African Center of Innovation for Finger Millet and Sorghum have partnered with agricultural research institutes in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania to research millet to improve food security in East Africa. They are researching types of millet best for nutritional quality and resistance to biotic and abiotic stress.
Although a staple in many parts of the world, millet is less known as a commercial grain in Western Canada. Gauthier, the founder of Millet King Foods, hopes that millet’s importance in the food market will increase in 2023.