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Sorghum in the 21st Century-

“Food, Feed and Fuel in a Rapidly Changing World”

Century City Conference Centre, Cape Town, South Africa, 9-12 April 2018

 Hosted by Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet, Kansas State University, USA and the University of Pretoria, South Africa

On the programme: 5 cross-cutting themes:

  • Accelerating progress in advanced breeding for improved crop adaptation to climate risks
  • Improving productivity and increasing profitability to expand opportunities across global markets
  • Enhancing resilience in the face of biotic and abiotic challenges
  • Tackling key issues in food security and farming systems for improved livelihoods for the smallholder farmer
  • Exploring the future of the value-added: Nutrition, biofuels and feedstuffs for evolving consumer demands


  • Cross-Disciplinary Plenary Sessions highlighting the opportunities and the future of sorghum
  • Eight Expert Symposia (included in the registration)
  • Special Regional Interest Sessions: including, Meeting Southern Africa’s Sorghum Needs
  • Industry Technical Exhibition, including SMEs

 Accepted speakers include:

Gebisa Ejeta, World Food Prize Winner – Sorghum Breeder, Purdue University

Bettina Haussmann, Food Security, University of Hohenheim and McKnight Foundation

Joseph Awika, Sorghum Health Benefits, Texas A&M University

David Jordan, Sorghum Breeding and Genomics, University of Queensland

Bruce Hamaker, Sorghum Cereal Scientist, Purdue University

John Taylor, Sorghum Food Science and Technology, University of Pretoria

Medson Chisi, Smallholding Farming, Zambia