2023 declared 'International Year of Millets' after UNGA unanimously adopts India-led resolution

2023 declared 'International Year of Millets' after UNGA unanimously adopts India-led resolution

2023 declared 'International Year of Millets' after UNGA unanimously adopts India-led resolution

The UN General Assembly adopted by consensus a resolution sponsored by India and supported by over 70 nations declaring 2023 as the International Year of Millets, aimed at raising awareness about the health benefits of the grain and their suitability for cultivation under changing climatic conditions. The resolution titled 'International Year of Millets 2023' was initiated by India with Bangladesh, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Russia and Senegal and was co-sponsored by over 70 nations. The 193-member General Assembly unanimously adopted the resolution, declaring 2023 as the International Year of Millets.

While millet cultivation has been historically widespread, their production is declining in many countries. There is an urgent need to promote the nutritional and ecological benefit of millets to consumers, producers, and decision-makers, to improve production efficiencies, research, and development investments and food sector linkages, India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti said on Wednesday.

Tirumurti underlined that the primary objective of the resolution is to raise awareness and direct policy action to the nutritional and health benefits of millets consumption and their suitability for cultivation under adverse and changing climatic conditions. The adoption of resolution will also draw focus for enhanced investments in research and development and extension services related to millets, he said.

He expressed confidence that the commemoration of the International Year of Millets will help in creating greater awareness of millet production. It will contribute to food security, nutrition, ensuring livelihoods and incomes of farmers, poverty eradication and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly in regions that are drought prone or threatened by climate change. It will also help promote millets as a key component of the food basket, he added.