University of Illorin, Nigeria

 

University of Ilorin is a federal University, established in 1975 as one of the third generation universities in Nigeria with Bayero University Kano, University of Port Harcourt and University of Jos. Presently, the University has 10 faculties ranging from the arts to social sciences, pure science, agriculture and medicine.

 

 

In the catchment area of University of Illorin, it is estimated that there are more than 75,000 frontline extension workers in government services alone. Most of them lack academic training beyond the Diploma level. The geographical location of the University of Illorin in the Kwara state has given it an edge to attract students from all the 36 states of Nigeria. This will make mid-career professionals in the cathment area to be benefited from the SAFE program.

 

The SAFE program at University of Illorin was launched in 2011 and hosted under the department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development. The university offers both regular programs, part time programs (mainly on weekends) and remedial programs. This program has created a good opportunity to agriculturists across the nation who are already working on the field but who also desire to have a Bachelor’s degree.


Purpose of the program at Illroin 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 11 mid-career students (including 4 females) were graduated in 2014 at Illorin.  

 

 

Student statistics at University of Illorin, as of July 2016, is tabulated below:

 

Intake Year Male Female Total Remarks
1 2012/2013 7 4 11 Graduated in 2014
2 2013/2014 11 0 11  
3 2014/2015 17 4 21  
4 2015/2016 12 2 14  
  Total 47 10 57

 

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Voices from the Field

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  • “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
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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