International Year of Millets (IYOM)-2023

Oct. 5, 2022

Agriculture Ministry, NAFED signed MoU to boost the initiative to promote millets towards the celebration of the international year of millets 2023.


  • The U.N. General Assembly recently adopted a resolution, sponsored by India and supported by more than 70 countries, declaring 2023 as the International Year of Millets.
  • The resolution is intended to increase public awareness on the health benefits of millets and their suitability for cultivation under tough conditions marked by climate change.

What are millets?

  • Millet is a cereal that belongs to the grass family.
  • Majorly cultivated in the semiarid tropical regions of Africa and Asia, around 97 percent of world’s overall millet production happens in these regions.
  • Types of millets: Jowar (Sorghum), Ragi, Bajra (Pearl millet).
Source : PIB