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The United Nations General Assembly declared 2023 the International Year of Millets. The Year of the Millet is a term used to describe a year in which a particular crop, in this case, millet, plays a significant role in the food security of a region or country. Millet is a cereal crop that is commonly grown in arid and semi-arid regions of the world. It is an important source of food for millions of people, particularly in Asia and Africa. In recent years, millet has gained attention as a superfood due to its high nutritional value and potential health benefits.
The year of the millet is not just a symbolic term but has been a reality for many communities around the world. In 2018, the Indian government declared it as the "National Year of Millets" to promote millets as a primary food source and to boost the income of small farmers. This was a significant move as millets were considered a poor man's crop and were losing popularity due to the rising popularity of other grains such as rice and wheat.
The benefits of millet are numerous. Millet is rich in nutrients such as protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is also gluten-free, making it an ideal grain for people with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. Millet is also low in glycemic index, which means it is slowly digested and absorbed, leading to a more stable blood sugar level. This makes millet an ideal grain for people with diabetes.
In addition to its nutritional benefits, millet is also an environmentally sustainable crop. Millet requires less water and fertilizer compared to other grains such as rice and wheat. It is also more resilient to drought and heat, making it an ideal crop for arid and semi-arid regions. Millet is also a low-input crop, meaning that it requires less investment in terms of inputs such as seeds and fertilizers.
The year of the millet has not only promoted millet as a primary food source but has also helped in promoting small farmers. Small farmers are the backbone of the agricultural sector, particularly in developing countries. Millet is an ideal crop for small farmers as it requires less investment and has a shorter growing period compared to other grains. This has helped small farmers to increase their income and become more self-sufficient.
The year of the millet has also helped in promoting millet-based products. Millet-based products such as millet flour, millet flakes, and millet-based snacks are becoming increasingly popular. These products not only promote the consumption of millet but also provide an alternative to other grains, particularly for people with gluten sensitivity.
In conclusion, the year of the millet is not just a symbolic term but has been a reality for many communities around the world. Millet is an important crop that has significant nutritional, environmental, and economic benefits. The promotion of millet as a primary food source has helped in promoting small farmers and has provided an alternative to other grains. The year of the millet has been a step towards a more sustainable and equitable agricultural system.
Meeting at the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation centre at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh Drs Liz Fletcher, Andrew Bowen and Neil Renault show our founder David Katerere and UK partner Robert Goodfellow around and give a brief discussion on the potential for the technology transfer of fermentation technologies for food and biotech In manufacturing Gluten free Drinks and Beverages
A look into the National robotarium which has become one of the UK governments biggest investments into the future of tech explores further ideas on how tech can influence the sorghum process.
Our UK Partner, Robert Goodfellow had the opportunity of meeting Nate Blum (the executive director of the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board) and discussing the future of sorghum drinks in the food and beverage market locally within the US, particularly with Niselo as a drink.
The outcome ended on a positive note with Niselo hopefully spreading to the US soon. “Look for this product to be a big player in the healthy food sector in the future!
The Sorghum Army strives to bring value-added processing opportunities, such as Niselo, to our state to help grow Nebraska.” Blum posted. Weblink: to be inserted ASAP