HarvestPlus has partnered with Nutrihub Technology Business Incubation (TBI) of the Indian Institute of Millet Research (IIMR) under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to enhance the biofortified millet value chain, accelerate access to biofortified millets in India, and deliver nutritious products to consumers. This partnership aligns with the United Nations Declaration of 2023 as the International Year of Millets, which aims to increase the demand for millets worldwide.
The Memorandum of Understanding between HarvestPlus and Nutrihub ICAR-IIMR
The organizations will collaborate on policy and advocacy initiatives to mainstream biofortified millet and address gaps in the value chain development.
“This partnership will pave the way for biofortified millet products to reach consumers, effectively combining the benefits of millet and biofortification,” said Dr. Tara Satyavathi, Director of ICAR-IIMR.
“This partnership has the potential to strengthen the HarvestPlus biofortification program, and accelerate product development, thereby providing more options for healthy nutritious food to consumers and empowering smallholder farmers,” said Binu Cherian HarvestPlus India Country Manager.
The CEO of Nutrihub, Dr. Dayakar B. Rao, also emphasized the importance of establishing a demand-driven value chain that effectively links farmers with the market.
About Nutrihub ICAR-IIMR
Nutrihub ICAR-IIMR is the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India-supported Technology Business Incubator hosted by the Indian Institute of Millet Research (ICAR–IIMR) in Hyderabad. Nutrihub is a unique and first-of-its-kind organization to cater to start-up needs in the nutri-cereals sector of the country. For more information, visit https://www.nutrihubiimr.com/about-nutrihub
HarvestPlus improves nutrition and public health by developing and promoting biofortified food crops that are rich in vitamins and minerals and providing global leadership on biofortification evidence and technology. HarvestPlus works across CGIAR as part of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). For more information, visit www.harvestplus.org.