Third Webinar of the IYM Global Webinar Series ''Climate resilience of millets''

Virtual Event, 05/09/2023


The United Nations General Assembly at its 75th Session in March 2021 declared 2023 the International Year of Millets (IYM 2023). As part of the IYM 2023 celebration, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is organizing a four-part “IYM Global Webinar Series” to shed light on the various environmental, social and economic benefits of millets, their rich heritage and their vast potential.


Millets can be grown in high temperatures and with little water and are known to yield grain when other staple crops fail in extreme weather. This means millets can help stave off food insecurity as the climate becomes more erratic while the sustainable cultivation of millets can support climate-resilient agriculture and decent employment opportunities.

Join this webinar to learn more about the climate resilience characteristics of millets, the FAO Agro-Ecological Zones (AEZ) modelling framework developed for millets and farmers’ experience in growing millets in drylands.





Agenda item and presenter


Opening remarks by Mr Ravi Khetarpal, Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institution (APAARI) 


Climate resilient characteristic of millets by Ms Damaris Odeny,  International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Kenya

14:15 –14:25

Agro-Ecological Zones (AEZ) modelling framework and millets by Ms Federica Chiozza, FAO Land and Water Division

14:25 –14:35

Millets production in dry zone areas by Ms Megha Desai, Self-employed Women’s Association (SEWA), World Rural Forum  

14:35 –14:55

Q&A session  

14:55 - 15:00

Closing remarks by Mr Fenton Beed, FAO Plant Production and Protection Division


The webinar will be moderated by Mr Fenton Beed, Senior Agricultural Officer, FAO.


Stay tuned for the upcoming IYM 2023 webinars: