Mekelle University, Ethiopia

 
 

In Ethiopia, the dry lands (including the arid, semi-arid, and sub humid areas) account for about 70% of the total land mass and 46 % of the total arable land. However, agricultural education and research was more focused on areas with favorable climate and significant proportion of the farming communities of the dry lands were not beneficiaries. The College of Dryland Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mekele University (the then “Arid Zone Agriculture College”) was established to address this huge gap in education and research in 1993. 


Mekelle University is found at the town of Mekelle in Tigray region of Northern Ethiopia, at a distance of 783 Kilometers from the Ethiopian capital. The university has 7 Colleges with 50 Departments.

 

One of the objectives of Mekelle University is to conduct applied and action oriented research and render extension and consultancy services to the public so as to create food-secured and poverty free Ethiopia.

 

Mekelle University launched the B.Sc. program for mid-career extension professionals in 2011-2012 academic years. The launching of the program was proceeded by pre-launching workshop. The pre-launch workshop was particularly important for introducing the program to all the university departments involved in teaching the program and to agree on implementation modalities. The workshop also provided a platform for university communities and employers to tie the loose ends in readiness for the new program.

 

Mekelle University started the program ahead of SAFE plans using its own resources. This is perhaps an important lesson for other universities in Ethiopia. Given the huge demand for mid-career extension staff training, universities should not wait for SAFE's intervention to introduce the program. The SAFE program at Mekelle University is hosted in the department of Rural Development and Agricultural Extension, College of Dry Land Agriculture and Natural Resources.

 

Purpose of the SAFE program at Mekelle 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.

 

 

The program at Mekelle University has completed five full cycles with the graduation of 28 students of the 3rd intake group in July 2016.

 

Currently, 59 mid-career students (30 males and 29 females) are enrolled at Mekele university.

 

 

Statistics of mid-career students at Mekelle University, as of July 2016, is tabulated below:

 

Intake Year Male Female Total Remarks
1 Sep. 2011 35 5 40 Graduated in 2014
2 Sep. 2012 28 11 39 Graduated in 2015
3 Sep. 2013 27 1 28 Graduated in 2016
4 Sep. 2014 10 9 19
5 Sep. 2015 20 20 40
  Total 120 46 166


Mekelle University is now implementing the new value chain-oriented curriculum while the old curriculum was production-focused, the revised curriculum has a strong component of value addition.


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Voices from the Field

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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