4 min read.Updated: 06 Sep 2021, 06:00 AM ISTMadhu Verma,Parul Sharma,Anjaney Singh
We should incentivize the production of these versatile crops to enhance our food security and score gains on climate resilience
This year, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring 2023 the International Year of Millets, as proposed by India to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Millets possess immense potential in our battles against climate change and poverty, and provide food, nutrition, fodder and livelihood security. Being hardy crops, they can withstand extreme temperatures, floods and droughts. They also help mitigate the effects of climate change through their low carbon footprint of 3,218-kilogram equivalent of carbon dioxide per hectare, as compared to wheat and rice, with 3,968kg and 3,401kg, respectively, on the same measure.