Millets - How to unlock their potentials to address nutritional, agricultural, and climate challenges
Millet is a general term for members of the grass family including sorghum, pearl millet, foxtail millet, proso millet which produce small seeds. It is also a major food resource in arid and semi-arid environments because it can be grown under non-irrigated conditions and requires less rainfall than major cereal grains such as wheat, rice and maize. Millet is also called “Nutri-Cereals” due to its high nutritional value, rich in vitamins and minerals such as iron and calcium, high in protein, dietary fiber, and resistant starch (indigestible starch), and low on the glycemic index, which helps prevent and manage diabetes. Thus, millets are expected to play a major role in global food security and hunger alleviation due to their high nutritional value and wide adaptability to the agro-ecological environment.
At the same time, millet has attracted little attention in agronomy and breeding research, thus its potentials have remained largely untapped. It is urgent to undertake research and international collaboration on millet as well as other underutilized crops to take advantage of their nutritional values and resilience to climate change.
The United Nations has designated 2023 as the "International Year of Millets" to recognize the role of millets in addressing nutritional, agricultural, and climate challenges, to raise awareness of the climate tolerance and nutritional benefits of millets, and to advocate for a diverse, balanced, and healthy diet through the sustainable production and increased consumption of millets.
This Seminar will provide a forum for scientists engaged in millet research abroad and in Japan to discuss the potentials of millet research in addressing global climate and nutrition challenges.
- Organized by
Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences
- In cooperation with
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Tuesday, September 26th, 2023, 09:30～ 12:00(JST)
Mr. KOYAMA Osamu
Mr. UCHIDA Yukio
Deputy Director-General, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council, MAFF
Ms. HIBI Eriko
Director, FAO Liaison Office in Japan
The aim of the seminar: To connect Japanese millet research with the world, and the climate-resilient and nutritious grains for the future.
Dr. NAKASHIMA Kazuo,
Program Director (Food), JIRCAS
Keynote 1: IIMR as Global Center of Excellence on Millets - Achievements and Focus Areas of Research
Dr. C Tara Satyavathi,
Director, Indian Institute of Millets Research (IIMR)-Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)
Keynote 2: Millets - agriculture, food and nutrition in a changing world
Dr. Jacqueline d’Arros Hughes
Director General, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
Reappraisal of millets with a long history of cultivation may inspire sustainable survival of mankind
Prof. KAWASE Makoto
Tokyo University of Agriculture
JIRCAS’s effort on BNI-enabled sorghum and millets to enhance both productivity and sustainability of food systems
Dr. YOSHIHASHI Tadashi &
Dr. Guntur Venkata Subbarao
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