Pearl millet is an important cereal grown in many harsh environments in the arid and semi-arid tropical regions of Asia and Africa. It is a significant source of dietary energy and nutritional security for poor farmer-consumers in several highly populated regions of India.
Major pearl millet producing states in India
Source: Nirmal Seeds Pvt. Ltd., May 2012
Lack of iron impairs mental development and learning capacity. In adults, it reduces the ability for physical labor. Severe anemia, often induced by iron deficiency, increases the risk of women dying in childbirth.
Pearl millet, biofortified with iron, will be targeted to those populations in India that rely on it as a staple food crop. Spillover benefits to regions in Africa where pearl millet is also consumed on a smaller scale are expected.
Learn more about where we are growing high-iron pearl millet:
In the Media
Poor man’s crop comes to the rescue, Deccan Herald, September 3, 2013
Biofortified pearl millet ‘can combat iron deficiency’, SciDev.Net, August 29, 2013
Study finds that more nutritious pearl millet can meet full iron needs of children, Orissa Diary August 27, 2013
Can iron fortified pearl millets (bajra) solve the country’s malnutrition woes?, India.Com, August 26, 2013
Cultivation of iron-rich pearl millet gains traction as farmers turn health conscious, The Hindu Business Line, August 23, 2013
‘Super’ bajra fights malnutrition, The Times of India, August 23, 2013
Study: biofortified millet fights iron deficiency, Voice of America, August 12, 2013
Indian Farmers on Frontline of ‘Hidden Hunger’ Fight, Voice of America, May 3, 2013
Enriched crops to address nutrient deficiency in Indians, Indian Express, April 23, 2013
PHOTO-BLOG: High-iron pearl millet helps fight hidden hunger in rural India, REUTERS, April 9, 2013
India to improve nutrition with biofortified crops, SciDev.Net, March 18, 2013
India fortifies food to fight ‘hidden hunger’, Voice of America, March 5, 2013
India Set to Grow Biofortified Crop, Down to Earth, March 2011
Fortified Super Crop to Fight Hunger, Hindustan Times, February 2011
Study Finds More Nutritious Pearl Millet Can Meet Full Iron Needs of Children
How Do Farmers Choose which Pearl Millet Varieties to Grow?
Pearl Millet Set for Release in 2012
New Technology to Speed up Pearl Millet Breeding
Crop Leader: Kedar N. Rai, K.Rai@cgiar.org