Tutor: Alison Foster
Date: Monday 18th September 2023
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
2023 has been declared the International Year of Millets by the United Nations. Millets were among the first plants to be domesticated and became a major staple food across Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia for 7 000 years. However, since new high-yielding varieties of rice and wheat were introduced in the 1970’s, the cultivation and consumption of millets has plummeted.
Millets have a high nutritional value and are able to grow on relatively poor soils and under adverse, arid conditions, with comparatively fewer inputs to other cereals. This makes millets a vital part of the global strategy towards food and nutrition security.
This course will explore how millets compare botanically and chemically to other cereal crops like maize, rice and wheat that have become global commodities. We will follow the journey from wild species through domestication and cultivation to commercial production bringing together anthropological, botanical, chemical and ecological considerations.
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