The United Nations General Assembly at its 75th session in March 2021 declared 2023 the International Year of Millets (IYM 2023). FAO is the lead agency for celebrating the Year in collaboration with other relevant stakeholders. Millets can grow on arid lands with minimal inputs and are resilient to changes in climate. They are therefore an ideal solution for countries to increase self-sufficiency and reduce reliance on imported cereal grains.
#IYM2023 will be an opportunity to raise awareness of, and direct policy attention to the nutritional and health benefits of millets and their suitability for cultivation under adverse and changing climatic conditions. The Year will also promote the sustainable production of millets, while highlighting their potential to provide new sustainable market opportunities for producers and consumers.
Watch the IYM promotional video and share it on social media to inspire action for #IYM2023!
UN dedicates 2023 to greater efforts in producing millets given their nutritional properties and resilience in adapting to climate change.
Whether you’re a government, city, private business, NGO, journalist, civil society organization or individual, you can take part in the International Year of Millets 2023. We can provide you with multimedia content in several languages to support your activity and share.
The International Year of Millets 2023 is governed by a Steering Committee and a Secretariat, working closely together to deliver all the IYM events and initiatives. Contact us if you need more information!