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Making millets matter in Madhya Pradesh

The custodians of the community seed bank and millet pulveriser in Kolli Hills mingle with women from Mandla and Dindori. Photo: Shambhavi Priyam (used in Farming Matters special edition 2016 - Revaluing Traditional Plants
The custodians of the community seed bank and millet pulveriser in Kolli Hills mingle with women from Mandla and Dindori. Photo: Shambhavi Priyam (used in Farming Matters special edition 2016 - Revaluing Traditional Plants

A decline in minor millet cultivation rings true across much of India. Yet a country wide revival of this cereal crop is in motion. Farmers are once again recognizing and asserting the value of minor millets, a cereal crop that was once central to their culture. 

This month's special edition of Farming Matters – Revaluing traditional plants –looks at the growing number of initiatives that aim to revive the potential of traditional plant species, and illustrates that these plants can strengthen resilient family farming rooted in agroecology and diversity.

This special edition includes an article – Making millets matter in Madhya Pradesh – co-authored by our partners in India along with Bioversity International researchers Gennifer Meldrum and Stefano Padulosi.

The article looks at how a decline in minor millet cultivation rings true across much of India, yet a country wide revival of this cereal crop is in motion. Farmers are again recognizing and asserting the value of minor millets, a cereal crop that was once central to their culture. A group of farmers in Madhya Pradesh have taken strength from farmers in Tamil Nadu who have successfully brought millet back into their fields, their homes and onto plates across their region.

Read the article here: Making millets matter in Madhya Pradesh

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