Good for You

Smart Food crops – millets and legumes – are highly nutritious. Millets are inherently rich in nutrients such as iron, calcium, and zinc. They are also high in fiber and have low glycemic indexes. Fermented millet products are beneficial in maintaining gut health due to their probiotic nature. Legumes are affordable protein sources that contribute towards building and repairing muscles and tissues. Combined together, millets and legumes form a potent dietary option that may reduce risks of diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Good for the Planet

Smart Food crops are most resilient and best survive the harsh environments present in the drylands. Hence, they are climate-smart crops.

In times of drought, millets are practically the last crop standing. Millets, sorghum and legumes have close to the lowest water and carbon footprints of all crops.

Good for the Farmer

The climate resilience of these crops means that they are a good risk-management strategy for farmers. Legumes have an important role to play in soil nutrition and, when rotated with other crops, even increase the water-use efficiency of the entire crop rotation. Their multiple uses and untapped demand means that they have a lot more potential. Plus, unlike other crops they have not yet reached a yield plateau and have great potential for productivity increases.

About Smart Food

Some of the biggest global issues today are poor diets, environmental damage and poverty.

Smart Food – food that is good for you, the planet and the farmer – addresses all these issues in unison.

We need to bring in more diversity in our diets in order to tackle malnutrition, lifestyle diseases (e.g. diabetes) and environmental issues (e.g. climate change and water scarcity) along with poverty.

The Smart Food initiative will lead a campaign to drive demand for these underutilized foods and to develop farmer-integrated value chains for these crops. This will ensure that farmers and rural communities in Africa and India benefit from the development of diverse, healthful foods.

Six compelling reasons to switch to Smart Food

Help prevent/manage disease

  • Diabetes – Sorghum and millets have low glycemic index and therefore help keep blood sugar levels stable.
  • Osteoporosis – Finger millet contains thrice the amount of calcium as milk, making it a great food for building stronger bones.
  • Anemia – The high iron content in pearl millet helps combat anemia.
  • Hypertension- Sorghum and millets are rich in antioxidants and help fight age-onset degenerative diseases.

Care during pregnancy and breastfeeding

  • Pearl millet is high in iron, zinc and folic acid, which are critical for health of the mother as well as baby.
  • Fermented millet products help to maintain a healthy digestive system due to their probiotic nature.

Quality nutrition for children

  • Finger millet has three times the amount of calcium than milk. Calcium is essential for the growth of strong, healthy bones and teeth.
  • Pearl millet and little millet are rich in iron which is important for making hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying red pigment in blood.

Be eco-friendly

  • Each time you replace some of the high carbon footprint foods such as rice and meat with millet, sorghum and legumes, you make a climate-smart choice – a small contribution that adds up eventually.

Manage your weight

  • Millets and sorghum release energy slowly, contain high fiber that keeps you full for longer periods and reduce cravings.

Increased energy levels

  • Slow release of energy by Smart Food also means you have energy for a longer time, for greater endurance.

News & Updates

Sehgal Foundation and Smart Food align to intensify efforts

Sehgal Foundation and Smart Food align to intensify efforts

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Smart Food Culinary Challenge Finale leaves audience cheering

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Institute for the Future on Designing For Resilient Futures

Africa and Asia come together to lead a global initiative to diversify staples

Africa and Asia come together to lead a global initiative to diversify staples

First Smart Food Culinary Symposium prepares ground for change in millets industry

First Smart Food Culinary Symposium prepares ground for change in millets industry

Placing Smart Food in industrial canteen menus

Placing Smart Food in industrial canteen menus

Collaborating with celebrity chefs in London, Paris and West Africa

Collaborating with celebrity chefs in London, Paris and West Africa

Building culinary skills with a wide range of activities across West and Central Africa

Building culinary skills with a wide range of activities across West and Central Africa

Merchant Gourmet Counter at Waitrose Salisbury

Merchant Gourmet Counter at Waitrose Salisbury

Sweet sorghum a double sugar-hit for Indian farmers

Sweet sorghum a double sugar-hit for Indian farmers

Young chefs face-off in first Smart Food Culinary Challenge

Young chefs face-off in first Smart Food Culinary Challenge

Launching the Millet Song – To Gain!

Launching the Millet Song – To Gain!

Smart Food show to promote healthier lifestyles in Kenya

Smart Food show to promote healthier lifestyles in Kenya

Smart Food TV contest crowns the winner

Smart Food TV contest crowns the winner

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Promoting Dietary Diversity in Kenya through Cooking and Nutrition Extension

This “Tofu” Recipe Convinced Us That Chickpea Flour Is a Miracle Food

This “Tofu” Recipe Convinced Us That Chickpea Flour Is a Miracle Food

Bringing back millets- the super crop of our ancestors

Bringing back millets- the super crop of our ancestors

Watch this video to learn more about the Smart Food campaign

Watch this video to learn more about the Smart Food campaign

Smart Food nutrition activities kick off in Kenya

Smart Food nutrition activities kick off in Kenya

Watch the Smart Food TV cooking competition every Sunday on KTN at 5pm

Watch the Smart Food TV cooking competition every Sunday on KTN at 5pm

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13 food trend forecasts for the new year

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The best foods to eat in 2017, according to top dieticians

South Indian millets: How ancient grains are becoming trendy again

South Indian millets: How ancient grains are becoming trendy again

Paatha pantala panduga takes off with a bang

Paatha pantala panduga takes off with a bang

John Hoffmire: Climate change and sustainable farming – one way to address world hunger

John Hoffmire: Climate change and sustainable farming – one way to address world hunger

Is sorghum the new quinoa?

Is sorghum the new quinoa?

Is this gluten-free grain about to be the new quinoa?

Is this gluten-free grain about to be the new quinoa?

Sorghum: The next quinoa

Sorghum: The next quinoa

From seeds to markets, maize alternatives face challenges in Zimbabwe

From seeds to markets, maize alternatives face challenges in Zimbabwe

Ancient grains make a comeback in Indian kitchens

Ancient grains make a comeback in Indian kitchens

Shifting to Sustainable Diets

Shifting to Sustainable Diets

Pearl millet helps fight iron deficiency evidence from three bioavailability studies

Pearl millet helps fight iron deficiency evidence from three bioavailability studies

Cabbage and sorghum salad in millet shell

Cabbage and sorghum salad in millet shell

Clear vegetable and sorghum soup

Clear vegetable and sorghum soup

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