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Year of the Millets Conference and Exhibition -23rd May

Posted on: May 04, 2023 | Back | Print

Embassy of India, in cooperation with UN FAO, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of Hungary, University of Agriculture MATE and Budapest Business School (BGE) is organizing the following event:

Venue:  Vajdahunyad vára (Museum of Agriculture)
Date: 23rdMay from 1400 hrs

The aim of the event is to draw the attention to the benefits of millets as expressed by the UN.

The United Nations General Assembly at its 75th session in March 2021 declared 2023 the International Year of Millets (IYM 2023). FAO is the lead agency for celebrating the Year in collaboration with other relevant stakeholders. Millets can grow on arid lands with minimal inputs and are resilient to changes in climate. They are therefore an ideal solution for countries to increase self-sufficiency and reduce reliance on imported cereal grains. 

#IYM2023 will be an opportunity to raise awareness of, and direct policy attention to the nutritional and health benefits of millets and their suitability for cultivation under adverse and changing climatic conditions. The Year will also promote the sustainable production of millets, while highlighting their potential to provide new sustainable market opportunities for producers and consumers.

Once registered, please bring the invitation, or please print the Year of Millets logo and information of the event and present it at the musium counter to enable entry

Programme subject to change

Latest update: 19 May 2023



(15 min)
Opening of the exhibiton outside the conference hall by Mr. Istvan Jakab Deputy Speaker of Parliament
Playing of Videos on Year of Millets
(10 min)
Opening remarks by Ambassador of India Shri Partha Satpathy
(10 min)
Keynote speech by Deputy Speaker of Parliament Mr. Istvan Jakab

(10 min)
Opening speech by FAO Mr Raimund Jehle  (Regional Programme leader UN-FAO)
(10 min)
Speech by Mr. Tamás Tarpataki Deputy Secretary of State for Agricultural Market

Expert Level Speeches
(20 min)
Millets all around the world/ What are millets?
-Production, trade, food security facts and figures
by Ms. Makiko Taguchi, Agricultural Officer FAO

-Millets in our diet – nutritional value and good practices along the value chain
by Ms. Klaudia Krizsan, Food Safety and Nutrition Specialist FAO
(15 min)
Agroecological relations of region-specific production of millet in the Great Hungarian Plain
by Dr. habil. József Zsembeli, Director
MATE (Hungarian University of Life Sciences) Karcag Research Institute
(15 min)
Mr. Aron Vaskó and Students presentation: Diversity of plates (Budapest Business School, BGE
(15 min)
Millet- a minor cereal with major role
by Dr. Katalin Badak-Kerti, Associate professor MATE (Hungarian University of Life Sciences) Institute of Food Science and Technology
(10 min)
Open discussion sustainability of Millets production
(5 min)
Vote of thanks by Embassy of India
(30 min)
Break for refreshments

Closing of event
(10 min)
Demonstration to see different types of millets, and understand the different foods that can be made.