Pearl millet is a cereal crop that thrives in the arid and semi-arid tropical regions of Asia and Africa. This highly nutritious crop is a staple food for poor farming communities.
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 iron pearl millet:
In the Media
Iron-rich pearl millet reverses iron deficiency in children: study, The Hindu, May 19, 2015
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
‘Super’ bajra fights malnutrition, The Times of India, August 23, 2013
Indian Farmers on Frontline of ‘Hidden Hunger’ Fight, VOA, May 3, 2013
PHOTO-BLOG: High-iron pearl millet helps fight hidden hunger in rural India, REUTERS, April 9, 2013
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