“Voice from the Field - Ethiopia”

“My thanks are enormous for Sasakawa`s intervention”

Kulgize Berhan Irrigation Cooperative was established in May 2013 with a capital of 49,000 birr (equivalent to $2,500) and 52members (38 male and 17 female) who mainly produce tomato, onion, paper and cabbage.

 



 

Today they produce three times per year. Their capital also increased from 49,000 birr ($2,450) in 2013 to 100,843.95 birr ($ 50,042).


Misaye Mitiku, 48 years old, is a widow of the 1998 - 2000 Ethiopia – Eritrea war. Before this cooperative was formed, she said life had always been quite a struggle. She noted: “Since two years now in the cooperative, I have 0.6 acre of land growing onion for the last two years per three harvest seasons annually. I have cows, oxen, and goats in my backyard. I have constructed steel roofed three bed rooms’ house at the cost of 100.000 birr ($ 5000). SAFE FBOs program has thought us modern agronomic practices for tomato and onion production, post-harvest management vegetable produce particularly onion and tomato, good governance in cooperative business etc. It has enabled us access improved seeds, and cures when my onion farm is endangered with disease.The men in the field help us cooperative members with tasks we lack as females. I am thankful to our fellow male members.”

 

Prior to the SAFE FBO Project intervention, farmers used to produce twice in a year and there was no proper record keeping. Members even had little knowledge on the legal rules and regulations regarding to administering their association. Limitation on technical competencies from the side of operators on maintenance and operation of irrigation pump was another problem. She said: “We had no proper record keeping. I had no knowhow of book keeping. The revolving loan scheme of the project, too, allows addressing women farmers to actively participate on the group business they have been running.”




“Life for us rural women has always been tough, and imagine being a widow on top of it? Life is good now. My income has enabled my son graduating from university without any stress,and he is now working.What to ask for more? my thanks are enormous for Sasakawa`s intervention.”, the beaming Misaye explained.

 

 



 

 




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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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  • Feeding The Future: Special SAFE Anniversary Edition - 2013Download
  • Progrees Report of the Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education: 2011-2012 Download
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  • 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
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  • Assessment of the SAFE Program in Mali with Special Focus on SEPs - PhD Dissertation - 2010Download
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