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Global Sorghum & Millet Consortia

Building global networks to catalyze collaboration

SMIL and the University of Pretoria organized the first global sorghum conference in over 25 years, Sorghum in the 21st Century: Food, Feed and Fuel in a Rapidly Changing World in Cape Town, South Africa. More than 400 international researchers, industry professionals, government representatives and development specialists from over 40 countries attended this global sorghum conference.

The conference offered a broad variety of sorghum-related topics, including food security, value-added products, genetics, global trade, climate-smart agriculture and more.

SMIL is partnering with the Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD) to organize the 2nd global sorghum conference in Montpelliér, France, June 5-9, 2023.

2023 Global Sorghum Conference Announcement

SMIL organized the West Africa Regional Pearl Millet Convening for researchers and stakeholders of pearl millet from Senegal, Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso. Nearly 90 people from across the West Africa pearl millet value chain came together at the Centre d’Etude Régional pour l’Amélioration de l’Adaptation à la Sécheresse (CERAAS) in Thies, Senegal in an exchange of needs and opportunities by pearl millet stakeholders (including input suppliers, farmers, processors, etc.) with agricultural researchers focused on technological innovation.