‘Arakunomics’ for Millet Cultivation and Fostering Nutritional and Environmental Security

Rohini Mukherjee (Naandi Foundation), Emma Mather-Pike (Naandi Foundation)
This Policy Brief was first published in https://t20ind.org


Malnourishment indicators amongst children, girls, and women reflect an intergenerational cycle of hidden hunger, likely due to an absence of nutritious and diverse diets. India’s National Food Security Act enshrines the statutory right to nutritional security and mandates the subsidised distribution of nutraceutical millets through the public distribution system. However, there has been a reduction in India’s millet acreage since the 1960s due to the crop’s stigmatic association with poor farmers and the lack of policy support compared to the primary minimum support price staples.1 This policy brief recommends an integration of the ‘Arakunomics’ approach with public food systems to revive profitable millet cultivation and provide nutrition to consumers and soils, profits to farmers, and regeneration to ecosystems.


Rohini Mukherjee (Naandi Foundation), Emma Mather-Pike (Naandi Foundation)

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