Dr Deola Naibakelao
Managing Director, SAFE.
SAFE's guiding philosophy: African tertiary educational institutions can offer responsive trainings to support agric. and rural dev't.
The main pillars of the SAFE initiative are lifelong learning, demand-driven curricula, experiential learning & rural leadership dev't.
The SAFE programs are demand-driven based on identified needs and designed to run as partnerships by employers and universities.
SAFE is involved in strengthening the capacity of agricultural training inistituions to play a pivotal role in rural development.
SAFE is the brainchild of the late Norman E. Borlaug, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and President of SAA.Read more
Technology Villages (TVs) are tracts of land situated in or near some of the SAFE training institutions, dedicated to the development of innovations and practical training for students, farmers and the general public.Read more.
Editor-in-Chief, African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND), Kenya
Senior Research Fellow, Area Studies Center Institute of Developing Economies, Japan
Executive Director - Management, Sasakasa Africa Association and Sasakawa Fund for Extension Education, Japan
Director, Centre for Applied Studies in International Negotiations President,Network for Governance, Enterprenurship & Dev't. Switzerland
The SAFE Alumni Associations are established with the objective of putting the mid-career graduates under one umbrella for the purpose of sharing experiences, contributing to the improvement of agricultural extension in the target countries and consequently the development of agriculture at national level.Read more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- University of Cape Coast,
- Haramaya University,
- Makerere University,
- Sokoine University,
- Kwadaso Agricultural
- Ahmadu Bello University,
- Rural Polytechnic Inistitute
for Training and Applied
Research (IPR/IFRA), Mali.
- University of Abomey
- University of Bobo
- University of Lilongwe,
- Hawasa University,
- Samanko Agricultural
- Bayero University,
- Adamawa State University,
- Bahir Dar University,
- University of Illorin,
- Mekele University,
- Jimma University,
- Wollo University,
- University of Segou,
- Usmanu Danfodiyo,
- Semera University,
- Arba Minch University,
- Jigjiga Univ.,
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.