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John H Sanders

Agricultural Economics 

  • Professor of Agricultural Economics
Krannert Room 609

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 1983-2012 he has made over 100 trips to Sub-Saharan Africa concentrating his activities in West Africa and Ethiopia. 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.During 2011 in Mali and Senegal this pilot project activitiy had moved into scaling up activities. In 2012 they were involved in Burkina Faso, Niger, Senegal and Mali with this project (Production-Marketing project).

Sanders specializes in the economics of technological change.With this Production-Marketing project he has moved into some analysis of marketing issues. 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 2012 his graduate students had finished 28 theses (MS and PhD).As of 2012 he had over 100 professional publications (journals and book chapters).

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

Coulibaly, J., Sanders, J., Preckel, P., & Baker, T. (2015). Will cotton make a comeback in Mali? Agricultural Economics, 46, 53-67.

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.

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

Wubenah, N. (2006). Farm Level Adoption of Sorghum Technologies in Tigray, Ethiopia. Agricultural Systems, 91, 122-134.

Abdoulaye, T. (2006). New technologies and improved marketing for traditional food crops : Millet in Niger. Agricultural Systems, 90, 279-292.