University of Abomey Calavi, Benin

 

 

The Universite d'Abomey-Calavi (formerly called the Universite Nationale du Benin) is the largest and oldest university in Benin. It was established in 1970. The university encompasses several faculties, professional and technical colleges, teacher training schools and post-university institutions. The university's main campus is the Abomey-Calavi campus, although some department and schools are located at the Cotonou and Porto-Novo campuses as well.

 

Purpose of the SAFE program at University of Abomey Calavi (UAC) is to contribute towards the agricultural development efforts of Benin through the production of qualified human resource in the field of agricultural extension and advisory services which is required to raise agricultural production and productivity.

 

University of Abomey Calavi has made steady progress in students' intake and turnout of graduates. It is worth noting that the Francophone system of higher education has gone through an important institutional change with the establishment of the LMD system. The LMD system (L= License or BSc; M=Maitrise or MSc; D=Doctorat or PhD) is a system whereby only those three levels of degree are offered. There were at least five levels in the past. The system aims at aligning the degrees offered by Francophone institutions of higher education with the international standard. The two universities have devoted the year to review the structure of their training programs to fit into the LMD system.

 

Recently it is observed that the participation of mid-career professionals in the regular program being reduced. As a result, SAFE has initiated a semi-distance at University of Abomey Calavi. Accordingly, all the curriculum and module revised for the semi-distance program. All faculty members were also trained in the distance learning development. Sensitization workshop is organized for different stakeholders and employers. During the curriculum revision process, all old courses were regrouped to fit the distance learning. Subsequently, modules were developed for all courses. Students will take four years to complete the study in this program.

 

  Male Female Total
Graduated   143      23   166
Current    39      18    57
Total   182     41   223
 

The semi distance program is now growing in population of mid-career students. Currently there are 57 students (39 males and 18 females) in the semi-distance program. In general, more than 220 mid-career professional benefited from the SAFE program in Benin which includes 166 graduates in the regular program (18% of them are females).


The current student statistics of mid-career program at University of Abomey Calavi, as of July 2017, is tabulated below:

 
Intake Year Male Female Total Remarks
1 2004/05 9 2 11 Graduated in December 2007
2 2005/06 14 1 15 Graduated in December 2008
3 2006/07 23 2 25 Graduated in December 2009
4 2007/08 14 2 16 Graduated in December 2010
5 2008/09 13 1 14 Graduated in December 2011
6 2009/10 15 2 17 Graduated in December 2012
7 2010/11 10 3 13 Graduated in December 2013
8 2011/12 20 6 26 Graduated in December 2014
9 2011/12 12 1 13 Graduated in December 2015
10 2012/13 13 3 16 Semi-distance
11 2013/14 12 4 16 Semi-distance
12 2014/15 10 4 16 Semi-distance
13 2015/16 17 10 27 Semi-distance
  Total 182 41 223

 

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Vision 2020

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 smallholder farmers, most of whom are women.

 

SAFE Mission

Strengthening agricultural education institutions in sub-Saharan Africa to provide demand driven, value chain oriented, training for mid-career agricultural advisory workers.

 

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Publications

  • Feeding The Future: Special SAFE Anniversary Edition - 2013Download
  • Progrees Report of the Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education: 2011-2012 Download
  • 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
  • Proccedings of the 2014 SAFE Regional Technical Networking Workshop - Mali Download
  • Proccedings of the 2015 SAFE Regional Technical Networking Workshop - Uganda 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