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Sorghum in the 21st Century – Food, Feed and Fuel in a Rapidly Changing World

April 9, 2018 @ 8:00 am - April 12, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

“Sorghum in the 21st Century: Food, Feed and Fuel in a Rapidly Changing World” will be the first global sorghum conference in over 30 years and will offer a key opportunity for the world’s sorghum community to come together around research, industry and the future of sorghum science. The need for cross-border collaboration and exploration of cutting-edge technologies and developments is great, and these priorities will be held central throughout the body of the conference.

Five main sub-themes will drive the conference content and conversation and 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


  • 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

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. Submissions must be original, topical and current. Original research abstracts are defined as those that cover specific, new and original research. Commercial appeal abstracts can be defined as abstract not covering original research but rather focus on new applications of scientific research, review type abstracts, market research, consumer trends, regulatory guidelines or abstracts with a generic appeal to industry, academia or consumers. Commercial appeal submissions are not intended for advertising specific products, companies or services.


April 9, 2018 @ 8:00 am
April 12, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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Feed the Future Innovation Labs


Century City Conference Centre
No. 4 Energy Lane Bridgeways
Precinct Century City, 7441 South Africa
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