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Millets: Nourishing People and the Planet

Updated: Apr 3


Small but mighty, a future superfood!


What are we???


Millets!!


When we look into the recap of 2023, we’ve heard this word numerous times.  Yes, The United Nations General Assembly at its 75th session in March 2021 declared 2023,

the International Year of Millets (IYM 2023). They considered this an opportunity to raise awareness of the nutrients and the health benefits of millets and their suitability for cultivation under changing climatic conditions.


Did you know?


The International Year of Millets 2023 contributes to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A big one!


Millets Matter


India is honoured to be at the forefront of popularizing millets. Millet consumption further enhances nutrition, food security, and the welfare of farmers.

– Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.


Millets are primarily grown in Asia and Africa, with India being the top producer followed by Nigeria, Niger, and China. 

 

These ‘future crops’ have so much potential for humans and the environment…


  • Climate Champions: Millets flourish in tough conditions, demonstrating extraordinary resilience in the face of climate change. They offer food security when other crops may fail.

  • Nutritional Powerhouses: Rich in protein, fiber, antioxidants, and essential minerals, millets promote health and well-being, contributing to the fight against malnutrition.

  • Supporting Sustainable Agriculture: Millets require minimal inputs and are resistant to pests and diseases, making them a boon for farmers and supporting environmentally responsible agriculture.

 

Sarvam Shakti: Embracing Millet's Potential


Shakti Sanjeevani is a bold project adopted by Sarvam. This project promotes healthy eating habits among our Shaktis, encourages sustainable food choices, and revolves around vegetables, fruits, and millet. We provide them with Shakti Elixir juice [click the link and check out the recipe], Chana, and fruits every day. We also cultivate the habit of eating millet and provide it for all the occasions and events at Sarvam. We serve millet meals and our culinary magician, Bina Di, prepares millet halwa and upma which are so delicious.


Have you heard of Ragi Bhel?


In April 2023, at an event in Gurgaon, we organized a food stall with gluten-free Ragi Bhel and it was a huge hit!




Millet Mission Starts Now!


Sarvam stands with everyone by incorporating millets into our diets, supporting millet cultivation, and raising awareness. we can secure a healthier, more sustainable future for all by bringing them to our tables and plates. Forget 2023, millets are here to stay for years to come! Let's make every day a millet celebration! Join the Sarvam Foundation in embracing the ancient grain! Try a new millet recipe today and share it with us in the comments!


So, the next time you see millet, don't think of birdseed – think of it as a future food.



Written By: Shagunthala Ravi

Proofread and Edited By: Kritika Saraf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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