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Sorghum in the 21st Century

Century City Conference Centre
9/04/2018 - 12/04/2018
The first world conference on sorghum in over 30 years will take place from 9-12 April 2018 in Cape Town.

The theme is 'Sorghum in the 21st Century: Food, Feed and Fuel in a Rapidly Changing World'.

This global conference aims at connecting and leveraging sorghum science, industry, and development to meet the many diverse needs of an advancing world and growing population. It is jointly hosted by Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet as well as the University of Pretoria. 

What's the buzz around sorghum?

Sorghum, the world's fifth most important cereal crop, is indigenous to Africa and is exceptionally well-adapted to cultivation in the continent's arid and sub-tropical environment. It is a highly versatile crop, both as a traditional and nutritious grain staple for food and beverages, and now as a speciality food grain, and grain and biomass livestock feedstuff and biofuel source.

Key speakers : 

Prof Gebisa Ejeta, sorghum breeder from Purdue University and 2009 World Food Prize Winner; Profs David Jordan and Emma Mace from the University of Queensland, who have sequenced the genomes of 40 different sorghum types; Prof Joseph Awika from Texas A&M University, an expert on the special health-promoting attributes of sorghum.

Other speakers include Prof John Taylor, Sorghum Science and Technology expert from the University of Pretoria; Mark Cooper CEO of Zenrun42 Inc from the USA; Prof Bettinna Haussmann, West Africa Liason Scientist, Researcher and Capacity Development Manager from the University of Hohenheim and McKnight Foundation; as well as Dr Timothy Dalton, Director of the Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab.

The scientific programme is available on the website.

Twitter: SorghumConf


Contact: Prof Taylor 012 420 4296 / [email protected]