Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education

Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE) is a product of two development imperatives. The first is to bring African agricultural universities and colleges more fully into the agricultural and 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 and rural development advisory service providers to improve their capacity to more effectively serve the needs of smallholder farm families.

 

SAFE is currently involved in strengthening the capacity of agricultural education institutions in sub-Saharan Africa to play a more pivotal role in rural development by developing responsive, farmer-focused, formal continuing education programs for mid-career agricultural and rural development workers who will provide leadership in developing agricultural extension systems that effectively and efficiently contribute to sustained growth and transformation of agriculture.



SAFE's guiding philosophy is that African tertiary educational institutions can offer invaluable continuing education opportunities in support of agricultural and rural development. In this way, an increased number of mid-career students will have opportunities to receive quality extension education locally to upgrade technical and leadership skills. Consequently, the SAFE program is primarily to support those institutions that are willing to be flexible in designing and implementing responsive programs in agricultural extension and rural development.


SAFE has taken the lead in developing responsive, custom-made agricultural education and rural leadership programs that reach out to an ever-changing mix of development professionals that work directly with rural people to improve their livelihoods.

 

The pillars of the SAFE's initiative are the principles of lifelong learning, demand-driven curricula, student-centered experiential learning, and rural leadership development.

 

The SAFE initiative has expanded from one modest pilot program in Ghana in to 24 fully established programs spread across the following universities and college that are offering responsive undergraduate training programs in Agricultural Extension;

1. Ghana - University of Cape Coast and Kwadaso Agricultural College

 

2. Ethiopia - Haramaya, Hawasa, Bahir Dar, Mekele, Wollo, Jimma, Jigjiga, Samara and Arba Minch Universities

3. Mali - Polytechnic Institute for Training and Applied Research, Samanko Agricultural College & University of Segou

4. Nigeria - Ahmadu Bello, Bayero, Illorin, Adamawa & Usman Danfodiyo Universities

5. Tanzania - Sokoine University

6. Uganda - Makerere University

7. Burkina Faso - Polytechnic University of Bobo Dioulasso

8. Benin - University of Abomey-Calavi

9. Malawi - Lilongwe University

 

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Voices from the Field

  • Empowering Groups with Special Needs in Ethiopia. More
  • SAFE program helping communities engage in value-chain oriented, improved agricultural practices. More
  • “SAFE`s part in my life has been immense”, Coulibaly K. Mallé. More
  • “No better time than now to thank SAFE”, Mesele Yilma, More
  • “When knowledge empowers you, challenges are not problems”, Patience Kantomah, SAFE mid-career student at Bayero University, Nigeria.More
  • "My dream to educate my children has come true", George Mutebe, Uganda.
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  • “My thanks are enormous for Sasakawa`s intervention”, Misaye Mitiku, Ethiopia. More
  • “The reason why our cooperative is a primary model cooperative is because of Sasakawa`s intervention”, Tike Fekade, Ethiopia. More
  • “We realized crop failure is farmers’ failure”, Muhammmad Yaro, Nigeria. More

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