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 Context: MACS 2023 unanimously agreed to launch a Millet Initiative – MAHARISHI which was proposed by India for research in the field of millets



Full nameMAHARISHI (Millets And OtHer Ancient Grains International ReSearcH Initiative)
PurposeResearch and awareness about agro-biodiversity, food security, and nutrition aligning with the International Year of Millets 2023
SecretariatIndian Institute of Millets Research (IIMR), Hyderabad
Technical SupportInternational Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), One CGIAR Centres, and other international organizations
FocusNutri-cereals or superfoods, mainly grown on marginal land in dry areas of temperate, sub-tropical, and tropical regions
Priority AreasFood Security and Nutrition; Building resilience and sustainable agriculture through approaches of climate resilient agriculture and One Health; Digitalization for Agricultural Transformation; Public-Private Partnerships for Research and Development


About MACS:

The G20 Meeting of Agricultural Chief Scientists (MACS) involves the meeting of ministries or governmental bodies responsible for agricultural research in the respective G20 states as well as leading research institutions which strategically advise these decision-makers. The first meet of MACS was held in Mexico in 2012.