Millets (/ˈmɪlɪts/) are a group of highly variable small-seeded  , widely grown around the world as grasses cereal or grains for crops and human food. fodder
Millets are important crops in the
of Asia and Africa (especially in semiarid tropics , India , Mali , and Nigeria ), with 97% of millet production in Niger . developing countries The crop is favored due to its  and short growing season under dry, high-temperature conditions. productivity
to many parts of the world. indigenous The most widely grown millet is  , which is an important crop in India and parts of Africa. pearl millet  , Finger millet , and proso millet ( foxtail millet ) are also important crop species. Thinai
Millets may have been consumed by humans for some 7,000 years, and potentially had "a pivotal role in the rise of multi-crop agriculture and settled farming societies".
Generally, millets are small-grained, annual, warm-weather cereals belonging to grass family. They are highly tolerant of drought and other extreme weather conditions, and have a similar nutrient content to other major cereals.