Low External Input Sustainable Agriculture

Meet the Millet Man

Millets face low consumer awareness and demand, weak value chains and low interest from research organizations as well as commercial players. This lack of interest is surprising given that millets have high nutritional benefits, mitigate risk for farmers under adverse weather conditions induced by climate change. They are good for the environment as they require […]


India asks UN to declare 2018 as International year of millets  India has asked the United Nations to declare 2018 as the ‘International Year of Millets’ and promote it as nutritionrich smart food across the world. A letter in this regard has been written to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres by Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh. In […]

Return of the forgotten crop – Brown top millet

Millets, a staple food in Karnataka, is making a comeback. Farmers are reviving cultivation of brown top millet, a minor millet which can be grown on degraded soils with very little water. Besides being an answer to climate change crisis, brown top millet with its high nutrition content  could also be an answer to deal […]

From coarse grains to health foods – Time to introspect

Millets have always been part of an eco-cultural system for Kondh tribal communities in Odisha. Kondh communities nurture cultures of sharing and caring, celebrate a relationship with earth and all the life forms that sustain life. Any initiative promoted from outside need to be rooted in the traditional cultures to sustain and promote societal well-being. […]

Reviving millets, reconnecting to cultures

Farmers of Kerwawal Panchayat in Rajasthan found that by reviving bajra based cropping systems, their farming got liberated from water hungry crops such as cotton, onion and wheat. Reviving millets not only brought in more food and fodder, but also reconnected farming households to their traditional cultures where bajra is central. Kerwawal Panchyat comprising three […]

Millets and Markets – Need for networking and integration

There is a growing interest in reviving millets in the country owing to their ability to survive in changing climatic conditions while providing high nutrition and better health. A number of initiatives are being promoted by various agencies towards enhancing millet cultivation and marketing. Integrated approaches and networking among key players are found to be […]

System of Crop Intensification – Promoting a profitable crop sequence of finger millet and chickpea

In distressed situations of drought and floods, tribal farmers of western ghats in Maharashtra adopted system of crop intensification (SCI), an agro-ecological method to create enabling conditions for the plant to grow to its potential. The traditional knowledge and innovative capacities of farmers proved to be effective in building climate resilient cropping system of finger […]

Intensification of finger millet production – An agro-ecological innovation

Crop production is vulnerable to various abiotic and biotic stresses that are made more adverse by climate change factors. Improved agronomic practices and cultivation of stress tolerant varieties can sustain production in changing climatic condition. System of Millet Intensification is one such approach which resulted in higher production in finger millet, contributing to the food […]

Millet based mixed farming – Coping with weather extremities

By reviving millet farming systems, the tribal households in Odisha have reduced their vulnerability to climate change. The millet based mixed farming has also helped in addressing the problem of malnutrition in the communities. Rayagada and Koraput districts come under the backward Kalhandi, Bolangir and Koraput (KBK) region of Odisha.  With climate change fluctuations, the […]

Pastoral Parliament: A platform to be heard and seen

In India, pastoralists have long struggled to make their voices heard. Cultural and religious differences have exacerbated this situation. But a new initiative is allowing them to assert their identity, identify as a collective, and generate political momentum. The Pastoral Parliament represents a key space for pastoralists to meet, discuss and take decisions about the […]