Organics & Millets 2018, International Trade Fair

Based on the success of the Organics & Millets National Trade Fair in Bengaluru in April 2017, held by the Department of Agriculture, Government of Karnataka, an International Trade Fair and conference are being organized in Bangalore between January 19-21, 2018. The event is being held as the culmination of a series of roadshows to promote traditional foods that benefit both consumers and farmers, while ensuring sustainability.


Mr Krishna Byre Gowda, Hon. Minister for Agriculture, Government of Karnataka, speaks on the benefits of millets at FAO

The highlights of the fair will include:

  • an international conference with national and international experts speaking on over 24 themes
  • an exhibition area to showcase millet processing and products with over 400 stalls
  • farmer workshops in regional languages to facilitate exchange of state-of-the-art knowledge
  • business-to-business and business-to-farmer meetings to foster business opportunities
  • a food court to showcase organic and millet products
  • several events to engage consumers and create awareness on the benefits of these foods.

ICRISAT, an advocate of Smart Food that is good for you, good for the planet, and good for the farmer, is one of the millet associates for the event. The event will be hosted by the Hon. Minister for Agriculture, Mr Krishna Byre Gowda. Find more details for the event here.

Speaking at the FReSH (Food Reform for Sustainability and Health) event at the Committee on World Food Security, 12 October 2017, Mr Krishna Byre Gowda and Joanna Kane-Potaka (of ICRISAT) had made the case for more research and investment into millets.

Here are some resources you can use to make a case for your country to help get an International Year of Millets.


Joanna Kane-Potaka speaking on the food-system divide at FAO

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