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 are also important crop species. foxtail millet
Millets may have been consumed by humans for about 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 the grass family. They are highly tolerant of drought and other extreme weather conditions and have a similar nutrient content to other major cereals.