India urges UN to declare 2018 International Year of Millet
Almost every year since 1959, the United Nations declares an International Year, dedicated to a matter of importance to the world: http://www.un.org/en/sections/observ...ational-years/
Recent UN International Years include:
2016: International Year of Pulses (beans, peas, and lentils)
2015: International Year of Soils
2013: International Year of Quinoa
2008: International Year of the Potato
2004: International Year of Rice
Very unusually, the UN has not declared an International Year for 2018.
The nation of India has urged the United Nations to declare 2018 to be the International Year of Millets: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/61756112.cms
Millet is a very nutritious, drought-tolerant grain. It is an important staple food in many developing countries: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millet
I'm sometimes concerned that we rely on too few food crops. But I just haven't been able to develop a taste for millet. Oats are my favorite grain, and I also love wheat, rice, corn, rye, and barley- as well as some other foods that are not botanically "grains" but are eaten much like them, such as quinoa (and amaranth... I think I tried that once). Maybe I just haven't had millet prepared the way I like it.
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