Dryland cereals, Pearl millets, Small millets, Sorghum, Finger millet
Farming Systems, Livelihood Systems
19 Feb 21
Millets are good for us, good for the planet and good for the farmer too
Smart Food, Millets, Sorghum, Good for the planet, Good for the farmer, Diet diversification, Nutrition, Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Protein, Fiber, Low-glycemic index, Millet Mission
ICRISAT Happenings 1894-3, 19 February 2021
Covid-19 turned the spotlight on healthy eating. So, are diets changing to impact the mass market, farms and well-being of our planet? The increased attention does not seem to be towing commensurate change. Not yet. However, change in the form of diet diversification is precisely what is needed to make nutritious diets commonplace. In India, about 70% of the plate is either white refined rice or wheat. Major public health issues like anemia, stunting, diabetes and obesity are closely tied to diets. If cereals were diversified with millets and sorghum, we would see big gains on multiple fronts.
19 Feb 21