Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education


The Genesis of SAFE    

The Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA), whose president was the Nobel Peace Laureate, Norman E. Borlaug, was established in 1986 to promote the adoption of improved agricultural techniques by small-scale farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. SAA was joined by the Global 2000 program of the Carter Center, whose founder is a former U.S. president, Jimmy Carter, to work with African nations to form effective agricultural development policies.

SG 2000 soon realized the need for upgrading the skills of mid-career national agricultural extension professionals in Africa. Consequently, in 1991, the board of the SAA established Sasakawa Africa Fund for extension Education (SAFE) to support efforts directed at strengthening extension education. SAA has teamed up with Winrock International institute for Agricultural Development (WI), a leader in human resource development and enhancement of agricultural university training, to implement the SAFE initiative. In 2003, SAFE was legally separated from SAA and is registered as an International NGO in the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland.

The Imperative    

The Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE) is a product of two development imperatives. One is to bring Africa’s agricultural colleges and universities much more squarely into agricultural development process, through the creation of new innovative continuing education programs. The second is to expand and strengthen the skills of frontline agricultural extension workers to serve the needs of smallholders’ farm families.

Agricultural Advisory services are under increasing pressure to make a positive difference to the lives of smallholder farm families and the resource base they depend on. This pressure is creating new demands for agricultural education, not only in terms of appropriate curricula, but also in the mode of instruction.

SAFE has taken the lead in developing responsive, custom-made agricultural education programs that reach out to professionals that work directly with farmers to improve their livelihoods.

SAFE Guiding Philosophy    

SAFE guiding principle is that African tertiary educational institutions can offer responsive continuing education opportunities in support of agricultural and rural development.

In this way, an increased number of mid-career staff will have the opportunity to receive quality education locally to upgrade their knowledge, technical and human leadership skills.

The main pillars of the SAFE’s initiative are: (1) life-long learning; (2) demand-driven curricula; (3) student centered experiential learning; and (4) rural leadership development.

Uniqueness of the SAFE Program

SAFE-supported programs provide practicums, hand-on laboratories, problem-focused courses and field based enterprises. Experiential learning (learning by doing) is at the foundation of the programs.

As part of their training the students, together with their employers, farmers and lecturers, develop “Supervised Enterprise Projects’ (SEPs) proposals relevant to their job as extensionists which they go back and implement in their work places. The students implement the projects under direct supervision of the training institutions and their employers.

The programs buttres the practical experience of agricultural extension professionals to enable them to deal with the challenges of agricultural development in their respective countries.



Voices from the Field

  • From ‘hopeless widow’ with six orphans, to a household now full of joy: the story of Hellen Epuruge. More
  • “Acquiring business skills has transformed my life, my families”, Kawumba Caro. More
  • “We are productive!” The Loudjouraton group of Molodo. More
  • Empowering Groups with Special Needs in Ethiopia. More
  • SAFE program helping communities engage in value-chain oriented, improved agricultural practices. More
  • “SAFE`s part in my life has been immense”, Coulibaly K. Mallé. More
  • “No better time than now to thank SAFE”, Mesele Yilma, More
  • “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. More
  • “My thanks are enormous for Sasakawa`s intervention”, Misaye Mitiku, Ethiopia. More
  • “The reason why our cooperative is a primary model cooperative is because of Sasakawa`s intervention”, Tike Fekade, Ethiopia. More
  • “We realized crop failure is farmers’ failure”, Muhammmad Yaro, Nigeria. More

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
  • 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 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
  • Proccedings of the 2016 SAFE Regional Technical Networking Workshop - Ghana Download
  • Proccedings of the 2017 SAFE Regional Technical Networking Workshop - Ethiopia 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