Embracing Millets
back to life

A Bioversity International
& ASA Initiative



Bioversity International in collaboration with Action for Social Advancement (ASA), L'Institutd' Economie Rurale (IER, Mail), the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG, Guatemala) and the Indigenous Partnership for Agro biodiversity and Food Sovereignty organized a National Summit cum Millet Gala to share their learning experience with various Stake holders through the three years project entitled ‘Linking agro biodiversity value chains, climate adaptation and nutrition: Empowering the poor to manage risk'. The initiative which is supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the European Union (EU), and CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change. Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), is being implemented in 30 villages of Mandla and Dindori Districts of Madhya Pradesh. The National Summit addressed the themes of ago biodiversity, value chains, proposed policy amendment and conservation and their roles in nutrition and climate change resilience.

Embracing Millets back to life
- National Millet Conference 2016



Main Goals of the programme:

  1. Share lessons Learnt during first year of operation of the project for empowering communities towards more resilient livelihoods through agro biodiversity-based solutions.
  2. Share Malnutrition status of women and children of the project areas in specific and MP rural areas in general. And Nutritional importance of millets.
  3. Policy advocacy with the decision makers
  4. Sensitizing community with millet products and Millet dishes



  • The event looked at sensitization of key stakeholders about the millet crops with regard to its nutrition, climate change mitigation value, and importance for agro-biodiversity.
  • The key stakeholders addressed through the initiaitive were mainly those involved in improving the value chain activities:
    • Government: for promotion of agricultural extensions, public research, and price value setting (by inclusion in PDS and MSP)
    • Industry: for value-chain development
    • NGO: who work with producers through producers' organizations
    • Producers: who have to be committed to mainstreaming millet and maintaining agro-biodiversity, while increasing self-consumption
  • Special focus was laid upon the nutritional benefits for the urban and rural consumer


Experts speak on the Event






About Bioversity International

Bioversity International is a global research-for-development organization. We have a vision – that agricultural biodiversity nourishes people and sustains the planet. We deliver scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural and tree biodiversity to attain sustainable global food and nutrition security. We work with partners in low-income countries in different regions where agricultural and tree biodiversity can contribute to improved nutrition, resilience, productivity and climate change adaptation...



About ASA

Action for Social Advancement [ASA] is a non profit development organization, which was founded in late 1996. ASA has emerged as a prime and lead organisation in the sector of farm based livelihood for poor and natural resource management.
ASA currently works in over 1322 villages in 29 districts of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand, directly reaching out to about 1,30,000 families or nearly 8,00,000 population. There are more than 140 professional staff in the organisation alongwith more than 150 para-professional staff.
ASA works in the thematic areas of Land & water resources development, Agriculture productivity enhancement, Agri-business promotion, ...




What Prof. Swaminathan said:



Theme Song of the event


e-Booklet: Millets Recipes





Making millets matter in Madhya Pradesh, India
- Article written by Ashis Mondal, Stefano Padulosi, Israel Oliver King, Gennifer Meldrum, Somnath Roy, Shambhavi Priyam, Sharad Mishra





































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