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Developing new technologies and market strategies for sorghum producers in developing countries: the Sahel case

Code: 9781838795467
John H. Sanders, Purdue University, USA; Botorou Ouendeba, former Director of the 3N Program, Niger; Ababacar Ndoye, former Director of the Institute of Food Technology, Senegal; and Niaba Témé, Institute of the Agricultural Economy (IER), Mali

Chapter synopsis: Sorghum producers are faced with the simultaneous problems of low yields, difficult access to inputs, and are at the bottom of the marketing chain hence the lowest prices received. So a yield increasing strategy needs to confront all of these constraints. This chapter reports on the field research of a programme combining both agronomic and economic components. The programme initially included four Sahelian countries and then focused on Mali as it moved from the pilot to the scaling-up process. In this chapter, we focus particularly on the introduction of new sorghum technologies and the improvement of marketing strategies, as well as the ability of the system to respond to emerging problems.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2017.0015.20
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Sorghum performance and potential: Mali and Burkina Faso 3 The strategy: breaking out of subsistence 4 Pilot project success and scaling-up 5 Second-generation problems 6 Institutional innovation: farmers’ association as a marketing cooperative 7 Growth of a secondary market for sorghum 8 Conclusion 9 Where to look for further information 10 Appendix: associations and farmer details, 2008–12 11 References

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