Scaling-Up Small Millets Post-Harvest and Nutritious Food Products

About the Project

The action research project ‘Revalorising Small Millets in Rainfed Regions of South Asia’ aims to increase production and consumption of nutritious small millets and associated pulse and oil seed crops in rainfed regions of India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. It focuses on overcoming existing constraints related to production, distribution and consumption of small millets and associated crops. It pursues a multi-pronged research strategy related to conservation, productivity enhancement, value addition, post-harvest processing, promotion and policy action to raise the profile of small millets. The project has selected six research sites in the backward and tribal dominated pockets of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Jharkhand states of India and one site each in Sri Lanka and Nepal.

Combating the twin burden of under-nutrition and over-nutrition

To address the twin burden of under-nutrition and over-nutrition, this action research project titled “Scaling up Small Millets Post-harvest and Nutritious Food Products” has been initiated. The main objective of the project is to ‘develop and apply ways for scaling up small millet processing and value addition technologies to reduce drudgery of women and improve the nutritional (and diet-related health) security in India’. The present project is a scale up project of two earlier projects supported by Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF). The project plans to scale up the following two innovations:

Scaling up approach

The overall scaling up approach of the project targets the strengthening of equipment manufacturers and food service providers in the small millets value chain for increasing their operations, including private, public and social entities. The specific strategies are as followed:

Expected results
  1. Increased capacity of up to five equipment manufacturers to meet varying dehulling / processing equipment requirements at village, micro enterprise and SME levels in India.
  2. Increased capacity of 10 SMEs, 150 micro enterprises and 3 FPOs for expanding the reach of appealing ready-to-eat small millet products to over 150,000 consumers on a sustainable basis.
  3. Develop a proven business model for increasing the availability of dehulling equipment and adoption of small millet products in India
  4. Inform policymakers on best practices and policies for increasing the availability and consumption of small millets
  5. Increased awareness and familiarity about suitable small millets processing equipment and small millets food products among the end users, especially women, civil society groups and SMEs.
The project in the long run will lead to
  • Entry of a many micro enterprises and SMEs in small millet processing
  • Strengthen the regional market chain by insuring stable supply
  • Improve the reach of nutritious and safe food products to common people
  • Stabilizing and increasing production of these climate smart crops
  • Valuable learning on scaling up utilization of neglected and utilized species (NUS) and making market development work towards improving global nutrition