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India: Millet Madness

Within the past fifty decades, farmers in India virtually abandoned growing millet in favor of rice and wheat. But this systemic change in diet had a negative effect on the people. Millets have up to 30 times more calcium than rice and much higher levels of micro-nutrients. They are also far more resilient to a changing climate.

Working alongside local communities, the United Nations set about exploring why millet was abandoned in the first place and trying to reestablish the crop as a staple in Indian diets.

Watch the video and learn more about the UN's work to get millet back on the menu.


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