Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, IPIM is a program directed by Dr. John Sanders
of Purdue University's Department of Agricultural Economics and Co-Director Botorou Ouendeba to ease the strain of hunger in the Sahel. Africa's
Sahel Region faces many challenges, the first of which is an ongoing
food crisis with risk of hunger a real concern. Learn more about how IPIM is working to
improve agricultural technology and marketing practices of small farms.
The objectives are to increase sorghum/millet crop yields, stabilize
and increase prices with resulting higher incomes.
10 countries make up the Sahelian climatic zone region: Burkina Faso, Chad, Eritrea,
The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Sudan
6 countries make up the Sahel Region of West Africa: Mauritania, Mali, Senegal, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad.
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markets are critical to reduce price flucations from good weather or
rapid technological change. For millet this is the rapidly increasing
sector of entrepreneurs producing processed millet food products. For
sorghum, the feed grain sector will become more important with economic
growth given sorghum's advantage over maize in drought tolerance and
its lower soil fertility requirements.