Samanko Agricultural Training Center, Mali

 

 

Purpose of the SAFE program at Samanko Agricultural Training Center is to contribute towards the agricultural development efforts of Mali through the production of qualified human resource in the field of agricultural extension required to raise agricultural production and productivity.

 

The diploma program at Samanko Agricultural Center have made steady progress especially in the intake of students, the turnout of graduates and reach out to rural communities through students’ supervised enterprise projects (SEPs).


 

The institutional linkage/arrangement between IPR and Samanko became stronger over the years with IPR providing the technical backstopping. The academic linkage between Samanko and IPR is as strong as the one established and nurtured between Kwadaso College and UCC in Ghana.

 

Despite of the fact that SAFE has terminated its direct financial assistance Samanko Agricultural College, the mid-career program is sustaining itself through local resources. The Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries and Farmers Permanent Assembly are the main contributors towards the implementation of the Supervised Enterprise Projects (SEPs). The program is getting the necessary support from MOA. The demand for this level of training is high in the country and the government continued to send staff for training. The government needs to increase its current level of support in order to ensure the smooth implementation of program.

 

  Male Female Total
Graduated 182 78 260
Current  18  9  27
Total 200 87 287
 

The program at Samanko has completed nine full cycles with the graduation of 50 students of the 8th intake group in October 2016. The level of enrolment continues to increase. So far, 287 students (200 males and 87 females) graduated from the program. Currently, another 27 (18 male and 9 female) mid-career students are enrolled at Samanko.


SAFE students continue to conduct SEPs projects that solve practical problems with farmers; and other partners also continue to provide financial and technical support for SEPs. Detailed student statistics at Samanko as of July 2017 is tabulated below.

 

Intake Year Male Female Total

Remarks

1 Oct. 2006 13 10 23 Graduated in October 2008
2 Sep. 2007 22 5 27 Graduated in October 2009
3 Oct. 2008 23 4 27 Graduated in October 2010
4 Oct. 2009 17 7 24 Graduated in October 2011
5 Oct. 2010 22 4 26 Graduated in October 2012
6 Oct. 2012 34 11 45 Graduated in October 2014
7 Oct. 2013 27 11 38 Graduated in October 2015
8 Oct. 2014 24 26 50 Graduated in October 2016
9 Oct. 2015 18 9 27
  Total 182 78 287  







 




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