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Protocol for ToT on Small Millet Recipe Demonstration

Many developing countries are facing the double burden of malnutrition, with hidden hunger on one side and obesity on the other. In India, there is large-scale prevalence of stunted growth among children and anaemia among pregnant women (IFPRI, 2015). Obesity is fast increasing across rural and urban areas (Kalra et al. 2012). Furthermore, chronic and non-communicable diseases are on the rise. For example, the prevalence of Type-II diabetes mellitus and impaired glucose tolerance were affecting, at an alarming rate, both rural (2.4%) and urban (11.6%) populations (Mohan et al. 2009).

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Value Added Products from Small Millets

Small Millets are one of the oldest food grains known to mankind and possibly the first cereal grain used for domestic purposes. In fact, while it is often called as grain because of grain-like consistency, millet is actually a seed. For centuries, Small Millets have been a prized crop in India, used in everything from traditional recipes to snacks and as cereal grain. They can adapt themselves to marginal soils and varied environmental conditions. Small Millets are staple diet for nearly 1/3rd of the world's population. Small Millets are small, round in shape and are white, grey, yellow or red in colour. They are most commonly available in the form of pearled and hulled kind.

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