Package 58

# 58: The Importance of Millet

Our January 2001 package features seven crops that are regularly grown and play a central role in diets in many parts of the world. One or more of them is probably grown by the farmers in your audience. They are: maize, rice, cassava, sweet potato, yam, green leafy vegetables and finger millet. Crops such as rice and maize are widely recognized as staple crops and are the focus of much research by scientists. On the contrary, minor millets such as finger millet, foxtail millet and proso millet, have been largely ignored by scientific research and as a result many farmers have stopped growing them.