Revalorizing Small Millets in Rainfed Regions of South Asia (RESMISA)
Project Goal: To increase production and consumption of nutritious small millets and associated crops in rainfed regions of India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
The millets are a group of small seeded cereal species grown for food and fodder. The small millets include finger millet (Eleusine coracana), foxtail millet (Setaria italica), little millet (Panicum miliare), proso millet (Panicum miliaceum), Kodo millet (Paspalum scrobiculatum), barnyard millet (Echinochloa colosna) and tef (Eragrostis tef). Millets are considered to be hardy crops and they are usually grown in drought prone marginal environments. Millets contain high dietary fibre and its slow releasing nature helps moderate blood sugar levels in human body. This makes small millets excellent diet for people with diabetes. High crude fibre helps reduce the complexity of constipation in children; rich calcium helps develop bones and teeth of children; and high iron content reduces the problem of anemia in women and children. Millets are also rich in methionine content and have balanced amino acids and high quality protien compared to other cereal crops.
Considering the significance as food, nutrition, and medicine, the Revalorizing Small Millets in Rainfed Regions of South Asia (RESMISA) project is making efforts to improve the management and use of small millets and demonstrate the value of these crops for food and nutritional security, especially of women and children.
Working districts: Dhading, Kaski
Project Duration: 2011 - 2014
Partners: Arthrachayra Foundation, Canadian Mennonite University, DHAN Foundation, McGill University, Tamil Nadu Agriculture University, University of Guelph, University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, Watershed Support Service and Activities Network (India)
Funded by: Canadian International Developement Agency, DHAN Foundation, International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Contact Person: Kamal Khadka