“Voice from the Field - Ethiopia”

“The reason why our cooperative is a primary model cooperative is because of 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).


Tike Fekade is showing his latest onion yields. Prior to becoming a farmer, he graduated in business management from Axum Business College. His previous harvest was quality tomato which received good market value of 20,000 birr ($2000) which he said was possible thanks to applying chemicals for controlling disease supplied by SAFE FBOs project in the cooperative. “I am expecting to make up to 35,000 birr from my current onion harvest”, he added.

 

He emphasized: “Sasakawa has enabled me pin my hope on my farm with the technological interventions. As a result of trainings by SAFE FBOs program and practical visits, the cooperative is now able to have technical operators among the members who can maintain and operate their pump. We regulate water shifting schedule in accordance with the need and availability of irrigated water. Every transaction, membership size with their share, dividends etc. are now recorded properly. We have a yearly business plan which detects crop calendar in successive cropping seasons.The reason why our cooperative is a primary model cooperative is because of Sasakawa`s intervention.”






 

 




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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
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    [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