Ethiopia

SAFE is involved in strengthening the capacity of agricultural education institutions in nine 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. One of these countries is Ethiopia.



The SAFE Program in Ethiopia was started at Haramaya University in 1996. The purpose of the program is to contribute towards the agricultural and rural development efforts of Ethiopia through the production of qualified human resource in the field of agricultural extension required to raise agricultural production and productivity of the country.

 

Having recognized that the current mid-career curriculum is weak on pastoral issues, two new universities in two pastoral regions of Ethiopia: Jijjiga University in Somali Region and Samara University in Afar Region are engaged in the program to redress the situation. The two universities have therefore jointly produced a pastoral-oriented curriculum and started the program.

 

Currently, the SAFE program has expanded in nine universities in Ethiopia (see the list below).


Participating Universities

1. Haramaya University (Since 1996)

2. Hawasa University (Since 2006)

3. Bahir Dar University (Since 2011)

4. Mekele University (Since 2012)

5. Wollo University (Since 2013)

6. Jimma University (Since 2013)

7. Jigjiga University (Since 2015)

8. Samara University (Since 2016)

9. Arba Minch University (Since 2016)

 

 

Given the large number of diploma holders (more than 65,000), and the fact that there are now more than 30 universities in Ethiopia – most of which teach agriculture, SAFE is considering a more strategic approach aimed at using its limited resources to leverage expansion of the programs to other universities.

 

Mid-Career Student Statistics

  Male Female Total
Graduated 949 217 1,166
Current 346 101   447
Total 1,295 318 1,613

Demand for the program in Ethiopia remains high. The program assures continued inflow of students into the BSc degree program. Nearly 1,300 students graduated in Ethiopia since the inception of the program at Haramaya University. In addition, eighteen (19) candidates have benefited from the SAFE scholarship scheme.

 

Graduates from Wollo University, Ethiopia

 

 

Currently, 302 (213 male and 89 female) students are enrolled in the five universities. Selection of candidates is underway at Jimma University. Detailed mid-career student statistics in Ethiopia is available here.

 

Scholarship Statistics

Degree Male Female Total 
MSc 10 1 11
PhD 5 2 7
Sub total 15 3 18

 

 




 




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