Millet Network

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Foxtail Millet from Garo Hills. Photo: NESFAS/ Rahul Antao

Since millets are hardy, locally-adapted plants that can grow under tough conditions, they are recognised as a macroclimate adaptive food source. During the first Mei-Ramew Festival in 2010, millets were acknowledged as climate-smart food by the local communities. The outcome of this was a decision to network millet growers in Meghalaya and connect them to other millet-growers networks in the North-East as well as the rest of the country. A millet network is currently expanding in several districts of Meghalaya and is involved in reviving and promoting millets as climate-smart, nutritive food. Millet producers from 12 villages of East Khasi hills have been connected to one another out of which 10 communities/villages in Khatarshnong (East Khasi hills area) are actively involved in reviving millet. Three villages in Garo hills that are millet producers have been brought under the NESFAS umbrella.

In Nagaland, NESFAS is partnering with the North East Network (NEN). A thorough study has been conducted by NEN in Nagaland on the nutritional value of millet that shows a significant amount of iron and other minerals that are much lower and sometimes deficient in other staples such as rice. NEN also sent ten of its members to the 2012 Mei Ram-ew Food Festival in Mawphlang. A network with 3 partners in Nagaland has been established.

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