Conference Programme
We are pleased to announce that the conference programme is now available on the website, click here to view the programme.
Click here to register now. Standard registration deadline is 31 March 2018.
Conference Symposia
The delegate registration fees for the conference include entrance into any of the symposia and special session that will be running over the course of the week. Below you will find some information on each symposia which may help you with planning your schedule whilst at the conference.
Symposium #1: Productivity and Food Security for the Smallholder Farmer
Date: Monday, 9 April 2018
Time: 14h00 - 17h30
Venue: Century City Convention Centre, Hall A

This symposium will begin with a presentation focusing on variety improvements, agronomy, post-harvest technologies and markets for sorghum, with particular reference to smallholder farmers. It will be followed by a panel discussion on the topic of 'Smallholder Sorghum Farmers: Constraints, challenges and opportunities'.
Symposium #2: A Driver for Change: Sorghum's Role in Global Markets
Date: Tuesday, 10 April 2018
Time: 10h30 - 18h00
Venue: Century City Convention Centre, Hall A

The objective of this symposium is to highlight important global trends and opportunities to increase demand and reduce supply bottlenecks of sorghum. The symposium will include an overview plenary on global trends on the production, consumption and trade of sorghum and will highlight keys issues affecting trade opportunities. Three sessions, focusing on important issues affecting sorghum supply and demand will follow. These sessions will be composed of oral presentations and moderated discussions with audience participation.
Symposium #3: Bringing Ancient Grains to the World's Dinner Tables
Date: Thursday, 12 April 2018
Time: 08h30 - 15h30
Venue: Century City Convention Centre, Hall A

This symposium is jointly organised by AACC International and the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC). It will focus on developments in Ancient grains particularly understanding their nutritional and health-promoting attributes. Experts will explore the science and technology of how to process Ancient grains into mainstream food and beverage products to bring the nutritional and health-promoting benefits of these climate-friendly grain staples to consumers worldwide.
Special Session #1: Regional Issues, Sorghum in Southern Africa
Date: Wednesday, 11 April 2018
Time: 14h00 - 17h00
Venue: Century City Convention Centre, Hall A

This session presents a platform for in-depth discussions and deliberations around sorghum issues specific to the Southern African region. The talks to be delivered by expert scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs on various aspects of the sorghum value chain in Southern Africa (or sub-Saharan Africa) followed by a moderated discussion featuring a panel of experts to identify and prioritise specific actions that need to be taken to boost the sorghum value chain in Southern Africa (or sub-Saharan Africa) and the responsibilities required of various role players, stakeholders and entities within the value chain.
Special Session #2: International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Special Session on Improvement of Post-Rainy Sorghum
Date: Wednesday, 11 April 2018
Time: 14h00 - 18h30
Venue: Century City Convention Centre, Hall B

During the past almost 10 years, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and the University of Queensland, have been working together on a project to improve fodder/grain quality/productivity of post-rainy sorghum in India, funded by the Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR). This project was a multi-disciplinary endeavour combining physiology, breeding, crop modelling, nutritional quality and socio-economics to develop genetic material targeted to end-user demand in the target region. This project has gathered an outstanding set of research outputs that will be showcased in a special session of the 2018 Global Sorghum Conference. This special session will also be an opportunity to share similar experiences from other projects.
Join the conversation follow us on Twitter @SorghumConf
"Food, Feed and Fuel in a Rapidly Changing World"
Congress Secretariat
Turners Conferences
PO Box 1935, Durban, 4000, South Africa
Telephone +27 31 368 8000