2023 – International Year of Millets

Globally, about 30 million tons of millets are produced every year. Over 500 million tons of rice are produced.

That is: Over 15 tons of rice are produced for every ton of millet.

But it perhaps should be the other way round.

Millets are more nutritious than rice – they have higher proteins and fiber content

Millets are more healthy for the environment – they require only a fraction of water to cultivate compared to that for rice.

Good for human health. Good for climate.

It is indeed thus great news that 2023 has been nominated by the United Nations as the International Year of Millets.

Let’s hope this helps a worthy crop get the attention that it so richly deserves.

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