Sorghum is an important crop due to its versatility and numerous benefits. It is a resilient and drought-tolerant grain, making it suitable for cultivation in arid and semi-arid regions. Sorghum serves as a staple food security crop for millions of people worldwide, particularly in Africa and Asia. It is also used as animal feed and in the production of biofuels. Additionally, sorghum is rich in nutrients, providing dietary diversity and addressing malnutrition.

Sorghum has a multitude of uses across various sectors. Its grains can be milled into flour for baking, cooking, and making traditional dishes. It holds significant cultural value in many regions around the world. In various cultures, it plays a central role in traditional ceremonies, rituals, and celebrations. It is often used to prepare special dishes for important occasions, such as weddings, festivals, and religious ceremonies. Sorghum’s cultural value extends beyond food; its stalks and leaves are used for crafting traditional artifacts, such as baskets, mats, and musical instruments. In this way, sorghum symbolizes cultural heritage, community identity, and traditional craftsmanship.

During the ABBC 2023 sorghum festival, scheduled on 22nd August 2023, 1745 – 1930h, EAT (UTC+3) diverse uses of sorghum from around the world will be exhibited. In addition, various research initiatives to improve its climate resilience, pest and disease resistance, productivity and nutrition value will be showcased. To find out how you can be a part of the festival and showcase your sorghum products and initiatives, reach out to Dr. Margaret Karembu at