Colloquium Series: Impact of Millet Consumption on Agriculture 

2019 Aug 16, Friday
Seminar Hall, 10th Floor, Pixel A (Azim Premji University)

About the Lecture

Consumption and production are interlinked processes – an increase in either can only be sustained if there is a corresponding increase in the other. There are multiple reasons to promote millet cultivation – its climate hardiness, low input demands, being conducive to multi-cropping, etc. And there are many reasons to promote millet consumption: improved nutrition, diversifying carbohydrate sources, shortening food miles, etc. How have we as a society gone about promoting cereal grains earlier? What are the lessons we have learnt from this experience? How can this be used to help us come up with better ways to go about promoting millet production and consumption. What are the intended and expected outcomes from such an initiative The talk shall share some of the speaker's experiences with different initiatives to promote millets, the initial impact they have been having on the farms and the farming communities, and how such initiatives could evolve to achieve better results on the ground.


About the Speaker

Dwiji is an independent technology developer, sustainable food systems advocate and activist focused on sustainable solutions mostly in the agriculture and allied sectors. Since 2013, he has been studying, understanding and working towards improving millet cultivation practices, millet processing and cooking with millet. At present, Dwiji is working on developing simple tools and machines to enable millet processing at a small scale with reduced drudgery and enhanced output. He is also a technical consultant with social enterprises and non profits (re)designing their millet processing set up. He is collaborating with creative teams to improve documentation of different aspects of millets and developing tutorials on millet processing and quality assessment.  Dwiji also works on popularizing and promoting millets by facilitating discussions, conducting workshops and giving talks on different aspects of millets from cultivation, through processing, preparation and up to consumption, in various fora.