This research into the use of sweet sorghum is dedicated to the late Ms. Evis Mvududu (Lead researcher, Zimbabwe until her tragic death in 2001) and Prof. D.O. Hall who co-ordinated the research activities from 1990 until July 1999. The research is now led by Jeremy Woods who is located in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology at Imperial College London's South Kensington Campus.


This research is currently funded through the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) and involves the collaboration between Silvae Culture, Themba Technology, the Centre for Energy Efficiency and Engineering Zambia (CEEEZ), and the International Sugar Organisation (ISO, UK).

Research Links

The Integration of Sweet Sorghum with Sugarcane for Ethanol and Electricity Production (PhD Thesis: April 2000)

The Potential for Energy Production Using Sweet Sorghum in Southern Africa (Energy For Sustainable Development V(1):31-38 2001)

CFC Sweet Sorghum project to demonstrate commercial bioenergy production in South East Zimbabwe (updated 11-March-02)

The Sweet Sorghum Page on the FAO's Global Plant & Pest Information System


  Jeremy Woods (UK)

 Leonard Nybanga (Zimbabwe - short text e-mails only please. Chiredzi Res. Stn. & BUN)

Other Links to Sorghum Research

  US Agricultural Research Service - Germplasm Resource Information Network (GRIN)

  Indian Rearch on Sweet Sorghum at the Nimbkar Agricultural Research Station 

  Sweet Sorghum in China (FAO report on Chinese State-of-the-art)


The aim of the current work is to demonstrate the potential for the use of sweet sorghum in the production of biofuels (ethanol and electricity) using existing commercial sugarcane-based technologies to extend the milling season in sugar mills. It is based on over 15 years of research work into sorghum's growth characteristics in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

This page was updated 16th December 2003