Millet Network of India, MINI, was established by the organisation DDS, Deccan Development Society, who have been promoting millets over the last 30 years in the Zaheerabad region of Andhra Pradesh. Having reached significant milestones in community action for revival of millet-based farming and food systems placing control over food, seeds, markets and natural resources in to the hands of the poor – especially the women who are from multiple marginalization, DDS believed that it was time to build a network of people who are already working with millets or thinking about them across India, undeterred by their historical neglect.
MINI was initiated by DDS in October 2007. MINI and her partners believe that the main reasons behind the agrarian distress are the designed destruction of the rural communities and the undermining of their rights. Today, MINI is an alliance of over 120 members representing over 50 farmer organizations, scientists, nutritionists, civil society groups, media persons and women. They represent over 15 rain fed states of India. The MINI sees millets not just as crops but as a concept and above all its ability to help the millet farmers make their agricultural autonomous.