Sorghum in the 21st Century: Resiliency and Sustainability in the Face of Climate Change – CIMMYT Sorghum in the 21st Century: Resiliency and Sustainability in the Face of Climate Change – CIMMYT

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Sorghum in the 21st Century: Resiliency and Sustainability in the Face of Climate Change

June 5 - June 9

Following the successful 2018 Sorghum in the 21st Century Global Sorghum Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, the international sorghum community will gather again on June 5 – 9, 2023, in Montpellier, France, to promote sorghum as a vital cereal grain contributing to more sustainable and resilient food value chains.

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is honored to participate in the 2023 Global Sorghum Conference as a Silver Sponsor, along with Corteva Agriscience, KWS, the McKnight Foundation’s Global Collaboration for Resilient Food Systems program, OZ Sorghum, Semences de Provence, Sorghum ID, and Texas Tech University.

What will the conference cover? 

The conference will encompass the entirety of the sorghum value chain – from genetics to agronomics to end uses – and will highlight many of the current, key challenges faced by sorghum around the world. Topics will target researchers and the private sector, with many opportunities for cross-sectoral networking to foster partnerships.

Sessions will cover topics such as defining sorghum’s role in regenerating soil health, enhancing the sustainability of global farming systems, and capturing sorghum’s genetic potential in responding to climatic and environmental challenges.

On the conference’s last day, participants will visit local sites of scientific interest, including CIRAD’s research centers or an experimental vineyard and phenotyping platform.

How will CIMMYT participate in the Global Sorghum Conference? 

As a Silver Sponsor, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) will have an exhibition stand, an insert in the book of abstracts, and sponsorship of a session.

Sessions with CIMMYT participation

Genetics and genomics of adaptation

Monday, June 5, 2023, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (GMT +2)

Pasteur Auditorium


Abhishek Rathore (CIMMYT)


Optimizing breeding programs to maximize genetic gains

Monday, June 5, 2023, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. (GMT +2)

Rondelet Room


Abhishek Rathore (CIMMYT)


Seed System 

Wednesday, June 7, 2023, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (GMT +2)

Sully 1 Room


Abhishek Rathore (CIMMYT)

Baloua Nebie (CIMMYT)

Sorghum Branch – Organization / Multi-actor organization

Wednesday, June 7, 2023, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (GMT +2)

Barthez Room


Paswel Marenya (CIMMYT)



Who organized the conference? 

The conference is organized by France’s Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD) and a consortium of global research and development institutions, including the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet (SMIL), SorghumID, the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), and the Centre d’Étude Régional pour l’Amélioration de l’Adaption à la Sécheresse (CERAAS), and is supported by the ISTF.

For more information on registration and speakers, visit the global sorghum conference website.

Event Details

June 5
June 9
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Le Corum Conference Centre
Esplanade Charles de Gaulle BP 2200
Montpellier, 34000 France
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