Pearl millet is a dependable nutritious source of food for millions in marginal agricultural areas. It is the world’s hardiest warm-season cereal crop. It can survive and produce grain even on the least fertile soils in the driest regions, on highly acidic and saline soils, and in the hottest climates.
90 million - Number of very poor people who depend on pearl millet for food and income
31 million - Number of hectares worldwide devoted to pearl millet production
50% – Pearl millet's share of global millet production
130% – Increase in pearl millet production in West and Central Africa since 1980