Technology Villages (TVs)

What is Technology Villages?

 

New Taro Variety introduced by Dadiso Finta (left side), a mid-career student at Haramaya University (Ethiopia)Technology Village is a tract 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. The range of agricultural technologies and practices found in the Technology Village include beekeeping, mushroom farming, small ruminant animal production; post harvest processing equipments such as honey extractors, grain mills, threshers, shellers, solar food dryers, oil extractors, etc are also available. The Technology Village complements the off-campus SEPs component of the training program. 

    

Purpose of the Technology Village

 

The main purpose of a Technology Village is to develop/adapt and demonstrate improved technological innovations that are practical, affordable, and sustainable to students and the general public for income generation.  

 

Vission and Mission of the Technology village

 

The Technology Village is to become a community-based technology centre of excellence for agricultural teaching and learning, with particular emphasis on non-traditional enterprises and income generation. Its mission is to teach people how to produce and process healthy food through the caring for plants, animals, and the soil; inculcate respect, understanding and appreciation of nature; share the philosophy of farming as a business as well as a way of life.

 

Expected Effects and Intended impacts of Technology Villages

 

1. Outreach/Extension: With respect to the Outreach/Extension function, the facility is expected to provide practical and relevant training to students in an ever-increasing number of available non-traditional agricultural production and processing systems. As part of its Outreach/Extension mandate, the facility should serve as a living laboratory for farmers and students from both the public and private educational institutions that have interest in non-traditional agriculture systems and the environment. As a Learning Centre, the Technology Village should take full advantage of regional, national and international agricultural shows, exhibitions and fairs by actively participating in them.

 

2. Food Production [produce and process food and by-products]:New Taro Variety introduced by Dadiso Finta (left side), a mid-career student at Haramaya University (Ethiopia)

In terms of the food/agricultural production function, Technology Villages are expected to increase its production levels of high quality products.

 

    3. Land Resource Use: to demonstrate the use of the most effective and efficient systems and methods for sustainable agriculture and land stewardship.  

     

  • 4. Research and Technology Development: With regards to research and technology development function, the facility will engaged in applied research in non-traditional agricultural production systems and processing and the development of new/improved technologies. The facility is also expected to strengthen its formal teaching function. It would serve as an outdoor laboratory for students of agriculture in the School of Agriculture including those under the SAFE Programme with special focus on non-traditional agricultural systems of production and processing.
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  • 5. Income generation: the facility is expected to process and sell high quality value added products to consumers.

 




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
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  • “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