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First scientific study on millet-based meals in schools shows millets boost child growth by 50% 

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Contributed by

B.Muralidhar

Topics

Climate change and Dryland stresses, Development Pathways, Nutrition

Crops

Dryland cereals, Pearl millets, Small millets, Finger millet

Systems

Livelihood Systems

Locations

Asia, India, Karnataka

Global Date

20/Dec/2019

Title

First scientific study on millet-based meals in schools shows millets boost child growth by 50%

Keywords

Smart Food, Millet based mid day meal, Little millet, NITI Aayog, Doubling Farmers Income, Tasting India Symposium, Agriculture and Nutrition, Climate Change, Akshaya Patra Foundation

Language

English

New ICRISAT Research Programs

Innovation systems for the Drylands

Story Partners

NITI Aayog, Akshaya Patra Foundation

Author/Key contact

SMCO staff

Story Source

ICRISAT Happenings 1833-1, 20 December 2019

Type

Science

URL/Link

https://www.icrisat.org/first-millet-meals-scientific-study-in-schools-shows-millets-boost-child-growth-by-50/

Description

Findings from a recently published three-month feeding study with 1,500 children in Karnataka suggest that millet-based mid-day meals can increase relative growth by 50%. Children rated the meals, which were designed by scientists and chefs and included little millet as a rice substitute, over 4.5 on 5 for taste. The findings of the study were released jointly by Prof Ramesh Chand, Member, NITI Aayog, and Dr Ashok Dalwai, Chair, Empowered Body, Doubling Farmers’ Income, Government of India, in New Delhi. The results were presented at the Tasting India Symposium.

Date (Date published/released/created if known)

20/Dec/2019

SDG

03-Good_Health_and_Well_Being

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