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ICAR- Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad in collaboration with FAO of the United Nations under the Asia-Africa South-South Cooperation is conducting 10 days International Workshop on Advances in Millets Production, Processing and Value Chain Development from April 22nd to 01st May, 2024 with participants from Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. This is the second phase of workshop under the FAO and ICAR-IIMR Capacity Development Initiative in the context of International Year of Millets, 2023. The aim of this initiative is to facilitate the exchange of technical know-how and development experiences in millet value chains between India and selected countries in Africa and Asia. The expected outcome is improved knowledge and practices in areas of crop improvement, production, protection, processing and millet value chain development among participating countries.

The inauguration of the workshop was conducted with the lighting of the lamp by Dr. C. Tara Satyavathi, Director, ICAR-IIMR, Hyderabad. During her inaugural address, Dr. C. Tara Satyavathi highlighted about importance and major role of millets in promoting dietary diversification in the context of changing global climate. She also mentioned India’s leadership in mainstreaming millets production and consumption has opened viable solutions to address global hunger and malnutrition. She highlighted the key initiatives such as Millets and other ancient grains international research initiative (MAHARISHI) as global platforms aimed at fostering research collaborations and generating awareness about millets and other ancient grains. She also highlighted the value chain developed by ICAR- IIMR as model value chain for promotion of millets and urged participants to develop similar value chain models in the other countries in a collaborative mode through exchange of knowledge, transfer of technology and best practices.

The workshop is organized by course directors Drs. C. Tara Satyavathi, Swarna Ronanki, K.N. Ganapathy, and B. Dayakar Rao and coordinated by Drs. K. Venkatesh, N Anuradha S. Srividhya, C. Deepika, B. Amasiddha and Ravi Kumar.

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