Millet: Africa’s Ancient Grain By Nourishing Africa



Millet is a crop that has been consumed for thousands of years. There are several types of millet such as Finger Millet, Proso Millet, and Foxtail Millet.


Finger Millet is a widely grown crop by farmers throughout Africa. However, it originates in East Africa, specifically Ethiopia and Uganda. Finger Millet is commonly used as a gluten-free alternative in many dishes. It can be used to make porridges, bread, beverages such as beer, and many more.


The grain is rich in calcium, iron, antioxidants and magnesium and is often eaten to prevent malnutrition. Millet can be stored for several years and is less prone to insect infestation and damage, making it very attractive and accessible to many, particularly during famines.