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John H Sanders

Agricultural Economics 

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Before coming to Purdue Sanders spent almost twelve years overseas doing his PhD fieldwork and working for the Ford Foundation in Brazil in a graduate education program (Fortaleza, Ceara), as the economist in the Bean Program in CIAT (Cali, Colombia) and representing Purdue in a university development program in Portugal (Evora).

Since 1983 he has been at Purdue teaching economic development  and doing field research in Sub-Saharan Africa and Central America.  From 1983-2016 he has made over 125 trips to Sub-Saharan Africa concentrating his activities in West Africa. Since 2003 along with Botorou Ouendeba they have focused on a combined technology and marketing extension project. Besides the new technologies for sorghum amd millet production they have been introducing a five point marketing plan and developing farmers' associations into functioning marketing coops. Since 2010 in Mali and Senegal this pilot project was  moved into national scaling up. In 2014-16 they received almost a million dollar grant from the Gates Foundation to continue and extend this work in Mali and Burkina Faso. Presently Sanders is collaborating in a Purdue project  to identify some key agricultural activities and support services for the frontier of Colombia.

 Sanders specializes in the economics of technological change. In 1996 his work with his graduate students of 13 years in Africa was  published by Johns Hopkins University Press, The Economics of Agricultural Technology in Semiarid, Sub-Saharan Africa (co-authored with Barry Shapiro and Sunder Ramaswamy). In 2016 his graduate students had finished 30 theses  and were presently working in many development agencies including  Akin Adesinaa, the actual  President of the African Development Bank.As of 2016 he had over 100 professional publications (journals and book chapters).Sanders has received awards from Purdue, the University of Evora in Portugal, and the national agricultural research organization (IER) of Mali.  

Awards & Honors

(2014) Grant entitled Increasing Productivity, Incomes and marketfor Sorghum and Millet Producers in the Sahel. Gates Foundation.

(2014) Increasing Productivity, Incomes and Markets for Sorghum and Millet Producers in the Sahel(Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger). Gates Foundation.

(2010) Award for Service to Agricultural Research and the Agricultural Sector of Mali. IER , the national agricultural research organization of Mali.

(2010) Grants to support our international work in Mali and in Central America. USAID-Mali and INTSORMIL.

(2010) Support for our fieldwork introducing new technologies in Niger and Burkina Faso. McKnight Foundation.

(2009) Acorn award for bringing in more than one million dollars to Purdue. Purdue University.

Selected Publications

Sanders, J. H., Ouendeba, B., Ndoye, A., & Teme, N. (2018). Introducing new technologies and market strategies for sorghum producers in developing countries:the Sahel case. In Achieving Sustainable Cultivation of Sorghum. Chapter 20 in L. Rooney (edited) (2, 139-159). Cambridge: Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.

Sanders, J. H., Ouendeba, B., Ndoye, A., Traore, S., & Teme, N. (2016). Development of Sorghum and Millet Production Systems in Mali and Burkina Faso. Purdue University, 138. Retrieved from 2908 Woodbridge Drive

Coulibaly, J., Kumaraswamy, G., & Sanders, J. (2013). Economic Impact of Sorghum and Millet Technologies in Mali Agricultural Campaign 2010-2011. (Bulletin IER-INTSORMIL no. 11), 27.

Ouendeba, B., Niaba, T., & Sanders, J. (2013). Fiche de Production et de Commercialisation du Sorgho Grinkan. 9.

Yigezu, A., & Sanders, J. (2012). Introducing New Agricultural Technologies and Marketing Strategies: A Means for Increasing Income and Nutritionof Farm Households in Ethiopia. African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrion and Development, 12(5), 6365-6384.

Villacis, A., & Sanders, J. (2012). Rentabilidad de la introduccion de nuevas variedades de sorgo del CENTA en la industria lechera de El Salvador. 33.

DeBoer, L., & Sanders, J. (2018). The Effects of Tariffs on the U.S. Economy. 4. Retrieved from https://ag.purdue.edu/agecon/Pages/Purdue-Ag-Econ-Policy-Briefs.aspx

Ibrahim, A., Sanders, J., & Ouendeba, B. (2012). The Economic Impact of New Sorghum and Millet Technology Adoption in Niger: Performance and Challenges. (Bulletin No 12), 41.

Baquedano, F. (2010). Increasing Incomes of Malian Cotton Farmers:Is Elimination of US Subsidies the Only Solution? Agricultural Systems, 103, 418-432.

Vitale, J., Boyer, T., & Uaiene, R. (2007). The Economic Impact of Using Bt Technology in Small holder Production Systems in West Africa: A case Study from Mali. Ag-bioforum, 10(2), 71-84. Retrieved from http://www.agbioforum.org/v10n2a02-vitale.htm

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