“Éloge des mils : l’héritage africain”

(“In Praise of Millet : The African Heritage”)

Cereals of African descent, millet and sorghum (millet) have been supporting the communities for millennia in the resistance to drought and the assertion of an identity peculiar to the hottest regions of the planet.
Against the backdrop of food crises aggravated by climate change in these particularly vulnerable areas, the revival of millet crops is a valuable alternative all the more valuable that it is anchored in a history and knowledge still alive today.

Testimonies from peasants in West Africa show us not only the great diversity of uses, culinary, fodder, for construction, medicinal or even ritual; But also how valuable this cereal is to the economy and food sovereignty of their countries. All emphasize the importance of defending it and putting millet back into the plates, especially in cities, where it has disappeared in favor of much less nutritious food.

Documentary conceived and written by Robert-Ali Brac de la Perrière and directed by Idriss Diabate
Image: Idriss Diabate, Harouna Zaba / Sound: François Domerc, Romain Supe, Jean-François Schenegg / Animation: Nadia Beddiaf / Original music: Will Menter / Editing: Virginie Véricourt / Coordination: BEDE / Produced by AAPSI, BEDE, DJA-COMM PRODUCTIONS / 60 ‘/ 2017 / With the support of: Misereor, SDC West Africa, Agroecology Fund, Addmediva, Fahamu, IRD

This first part of “In Praise of Millet” was presented in preview at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris on 14 June 2017.
The second part, “In Praise of Millet : Cereals of the Future” is underway.

> For more information, see the project page (fr)

 

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