ICRISAT has scientifically validated and developed three ready-to-cook finger millet-based products
Over 3,600 students enrolled in 55 government-run schools in the Koraput district of Odisha are now enjoying more nutritious mid-day meals featuring finger millet-based meals upma (porridge), khichdi (millet and lentils) and sweet dishes, designed to boost nutritional intake thanks to an innovative collaboration.
The newly inaugurated millet-based secondary food processing unit, initiated by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in partnership with the Odisha Livelihoods Mission (OLM) and the Department of Mission Shakti in Semiliguda, Koraput, is enhancing the nutritional well-being of children across four gram panchayats – or local self-government bodies in India at the rural level – Talagoluru, Kotia, Ampaballi, and Peteru.
Simultaneously, it has nurtured a vibrant business ecosystem for women entrepreneurs there. Committed to a monthly production of 1,200 kg for each product, the millet processing unit provides cost-effective and nutritious meals to children aged 5-15. This initiative broadens their nutritional choices beyond traditional rice, pulses, soybean, and egg-based meals.
ICRISAT has scientifically validated and developed three ready-to-cook finger millet-based products enriched with other nourishing ingredients such as foxtail millet, groundnut, pulses, and jaggery, offering a well-balanced and nutritious dietary option.