Reminder: Abstract Submission Deadline
Oral Presentations Deadline - 30 November 2017
Poster Presentations Deadline - 31 January 2018
Abstracts of original research for presentation as oral or poster presentations, or covering topics of commercial appeal are invited to be presented at the conference.

Please note: While the deadline for submission has been extended, review of abstracts for oral presentations will be reviewed continually. As a result, authors desiring to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their abstract as soon as possible to increase their chances of consideration and acceptance.

The five main sub-themes that will drive the conference content and conversation are as follows:
  • 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 farmers
  • Exploring the future of the value-added: Nutrition, biofuels and feedstuffs for evolving consumer demands

It is an exceptional opportunity to showcase research to the world sorghum community. Abstract submissions must be done online at or by contacting Lethisha Narayan.
Technical Tours
Option 1: Agrifood Technology Station and the Department of Food Science & Technology Facility at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Bellville.

This is an opportunity to visit the Agrifood Technology Station [ATS] and the Department of Food Science & Technology [DFST] Facility at Cape Peninsula University of Technology. The ATS is a platform that provides an affordable range of inter-disciplinary technological services to small and medium Agrifood enterprises with a view to improving competitiveness, innovation and R&D capacity in a sustainable manner. ATS offers a wide range of services including developing, enhancing and maintaining safe, efficient and cost-effective food production and processing. The objective of DFST is to create and sustain an empowering environment for developing technologically skilled and socially responsive graduates, using innovative teaching, research and a work integrated learning approach; fostering active partnerships with industry and community in order to be a centre of excellence for the training of Food Technologists.

Date: 12 April 2018
Departure Time: 13:00 & Return Time at 16:30
Tour Cost: R320.00 per person

Option 2: ARC INFRUITEC- and Stellenbosch University Department of Food Science Sensory Facility

This is an opportunity to visit the Agricultural Research Council - Infruitec-Nietvoorbij Campus, a member of the ARC Crops Sciences Group, located in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. The mandate of ARC Crop Sciences is research, development and technology transfer on the breeding, cultivation, protection and post-harvest technology of deciduous fruit, grape vines, alternative crops and indigenous herbal teas. The major portion of research and development is focused on improved crop production and mitigation of agricultural risks. Food security and the sustainable use of natural resources are also important parts of their research.

Date: 12 April 2018
Departure Time: 13:00 & Return Time at 16:30
Tour Cost: R350.00 per person

Should you wish to book Technical Tours, please click on the below link:

For further information, please email Deveena Naiker:

Tours are subject to a minimum of 30 delegates. If minimum numbers are not achieved you will be offered an alternative tour, equal in value or you will be refunded in full.

For full details on the Technical Tours and to book, go to:
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