Usman Danfodio University, Nigeria

 

 

In Nigeria, there is a ratio of 1:1,908 of extension staff to farming households as against the recommended ratio of 1:500.  It is therefore, imperative that a training programme be designed to address the needs of extension workers in relation to the environment in which they are expected to operate.

 

Usmanu Danfodiyo University is one of the twelve federal universities in Nigeria founded in 1975 in the ancient city of Sokoto. In the University’s catchment area it is estimated that there are more than 55,000 frontline extension workers in government services alone. Most of them lack academic training beyond the Diploma level.

 

In order to provide information to guide the development of a curriculum for the SAFE program, a formal training needs assessment survey was conducted in catchment states of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University. Based on the findings of the survey, value chain oriented curriculum is developed that included a course on postharvest technology, value chain, food safety and quality.

 

The SAFE program at University of Sokoto was launched in 2013 and hosted under the department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development,faculty of AgricultureThis program complements with the earlier SAFE programs at Ahmadu Bello University (Zaria), Bayero University (Kano), University of Ilorin (Illorin) and Adamawa State University (Mubi). Purpose of the SAFE program at Wollo University is to contribute towards the agricultural development efforts of the Ethiopia through the production of qualified human resource in the field of agricultural extension advisory services who can serve the needs of smallholder farm families.

 

Purpose of the program is to contribute towards the agricultural development efforts of Nigeria through the production of qualified human resource in the field of agricultural extension advisory services to serve the needs of smallholder farm families. The first batch of 17 students (including 1 female) were admitted in January 2015.


This program has created a good opportunity to agriculturists in the Sokoto,  Zamfara, Kebbi, Katsina and Niger States who are already working on the field but who also desire to have a Bachelor’s degree.

 

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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