Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education

The Imperative

The Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE) is a product of two development imperatives. One is to bring Africa's agricultural colleges and universities much more squarely in to the rural development process, through the creation of new innovative continuing education programs. The second is to expand and strengthen the knowledge and skills of frontline agricultural extension workers to serve the needs of smallholders' farm families.

 

With nearly 20 years of experience in building the capacity of mid-career extension staff in Africa and in the development of demand-driven curricula with African universities and colleges, it remains clear that the importance and relevance of SAFE programs continue to increase. There is still an enormous need to mobilize agricultural extension services in support of achieving food security and a number of rural development goals. Addressing such urgent issues as food security, market development and climate change will be effective only if strong agricultural advisory services are in place. To this effect, SAFE is contributing by producing qualified and trained human resources for achieving such changes in agriculture.

 

Vision

Effective extension delivery systems in Sub-Saharan Africa that are based on farmer needs and demands along the entire agricultural value chain, with a special focus on poor and marginalized farmers, most of whom are women.


Mission

To promote more effective, demand-driven agricultural and rural development advisory services through appropriate training for mid-career advisory staff and by strengthening agricultural education institutions in sub-Saharan Africa to develop and sustain responsive formal continuing education programs.

 

Read More from the SAFE 2010-2020 Strategic Plan.

 

 

Organizational Goals

Create an enabling environment in which agricultural universities and colleges meet the needs of extension staff for upgrading their knowledge and skills by facilitating communication and interaction between training institutions, extension service providers and farmer organizations.

 

Supported by:

Partner Universities

  • University of Cape Coast,

    Ghana.

    [Since 1993]

  • Haramaya University,

    Ethiopia.

    [Since 1996]

  • Makerere University,

    Uganda.

    [Since 1997]

  • Sokoine University,

    Tanzania.

    [Since 1998]

  • Kwadaso Agricultural

    College, Ghana.

    [Since 1999]

  • Ahmadu Bello University,

    Nigeria.

    [Since 2003]

  • Rural Polytechnic Inistitute

    for Training and Applied

    Research (IPR/IFRA), Mali.

    [Since 2003]

  • University of Abomey

    Calavi, Benin.

    [Since 2004]

  • University of Bobo

    Dioulasso,

    Burkina Faso.

    [Since 2004]

  • University of Lilongwe,

    Malawi.

    [Since 2005]

  • Hawasa University,

    Ethiopia.

    [Since 2006]

  • Samanko Agricultural

    College, Mali.

    [Since 2006]

  • Bayero University,

    Nigeria.

    [Since 2007]

  • Adamawa State University,

    Nigeria.

    [Since 2011]

  • Bahir Dar University,

    Ethiopia.

    [Since 2011]

  • University of Illorin,

    Nigeria.

    [Since 2011]

  • Mekele University,

    Ethiopia.

    [Since 2012]

  • Jimma University,

    Ethiopia.

    [Since 2013]

  • Wollo University,

    Ethiopia.

    [Since 2013]

  • University of Segou,

    Mali.

    [Since 2014]

  • Usmanu Danfodiyo,

    Nigeria.

    [Since 2014]

  • Semera University,

    Ethiopia.

    [Since 2016]

  • Arba Minch University,

    Ethiopia.

    [Since 2016]

  • Jigjiga Univ.,

    Ethiopia

    [Since 2016]

SAFE News/Events

  • The 20th anniversary of SAFE will be celebrated in Ghana from November 06-07, 2013. More
  • The 20th anniversary of SAFE was celebrated in Ghana from November 6-7, 2013. More
  • The book entitled "Setting the Grassroots on Fire", which described the history of Sasakawa intervention in Ghana launched.More
  • Hawasa University (Ethiopia) awarded honorary Doctoral Degree to Mr Yohei Sasakawa.
    More
  • The SAFE West Africa Coordinator got the 2013 AIAEE fellowship and outstanding performance. More
  • The Board Chair of SAFE, Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang’o appointed as Vice-Chair of Global Forum on Agricultural Research. More
  • Top Aadministrators and Academics of SAFE partner Universities pay an exchange visit to University of Cape Coast, Ghana. More
  • A Regional Networking Workshop on ‘Creating, developing & sharing of modules electronically’ was held in Benin. More
  • A value chain training organized for lecturers at Jimma University on 11-14th of March, 2013.More
  • A one-day mid-career stakeholders workshop was organized in Ethiopia, at Desalgn Hotel on 10th of May 2013. More
  • Studies Conducted on Farmers Based Organization in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Mali and Uganda.More
20 Years of Extension Education in Africa: the SAFE Way

The 20th anniversary of the Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE) was celebrated in Ghana (November 6-7, 2013). It was marked by a major symposium.

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Publications

  • Evaluation of the SAFE Program at ABU and BUK, Nigeria - 2013Download
  • Feeding The Future: Special SAFE Anniversary Edition - 2013Download
  • Progrees Report of the Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education: 2011-2012 Download
  • The History of Sasakawa in Ghana "Setting The Grassroots on Fire"Download-Part 1

    Download-Part 2
  • Proceedings of the 2006 SAFE Regional Networking Workshop - Tanzania Download
  • Proccedings of the 2008 SAFE Regional Technical Networking Workshop - Nigeria Download
  • Proccedings of the 2009 SAFE Regional Technical Networking Workshop - Ethiopia Download
  • Proccedings of the 2010 SAFE Regional Technical Networking Workshop - Ghana Download
  • Proccedings of the 2011 SAFE Regional Technical Networking Workshop - Malawi Download
  • Proccedings of the 2012 SAFE Regional Technical Networking Workshop - Benin
    [French] Download
  • Proccedings of the 2012 SAFE Regional Technical Networking Workshop - Benin
    [English] Download
  • Proccedings of the 2013 SAFE Regional Technical Networking Workshop - Tanzania Download
  • A Case Study on Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education Programs in Ghana - 2007Download
  • Impact Assessment of the Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education Program in Ghana - 2007 Download
  • A Case Study on Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education Programs in Ghana - 2008 Download
  • Impact Assessment of the B.Sc. Program for Mid Career Extension Professionals at Haramaya University, Ethiopia- 2010Download
  • Assessment of the Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education's Training Program at Alemaya University, Ethiopia - 2005Download
  • Assessment of the SAFE Program in Mali with Special Focus on SEPs - PhD Dissertation - 2010Download
  • Évaluation du programme de Maîtrise en Vulgarisation Agricole - IPR/IFRA [Mali] - 2010 Download