Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria

 

Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) is the largest university in Nigeria and the second largest in Africa. It is situated in Zaria. It was founded in 1962 as the University of Northern Nigeria.

The vission of Ahmadu Bello University is to provide regular and liberal courses of instruction in the humanities, the sciences and other spheres of learning of a standard required and expected of a University of the highest standing; to promote research and the advancement of science and learning; and to secure the diffusion of knowledge throughout Nigeria"

 

In 2002, SAFE launched the B.Sc. Agricultural Extension Degree program in Nigeria, in collaboration with Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) in Zaria. Purpose of the SAFE program at Ahmadu Bello is to contribute towards the agricultural development efforts of Nigeria through the production of qualified human resource in the field of agricultural extension advisory services to serve the needs of smallholder farm families. 

 

The first batches of mid-career students at ABU were admitted in 2002/2003 academic year and they were graduated in 2006. Since then, a total of 216 students (188 males and 28 females) have benefited from the SAFE-ABU program. Despite of the fact that there is no more direct assistance from SAFE, ABU continues to be active in SAFE activities.

 

SAFE ABU has a very stable mid career student flow over the years. The regularity of the

admission exercise conducted since 2002/03 academic year goes to confirm the relevance and the high demand for the program.

 

  Male Female Total
Graduated 161 25 186
Current 27 3 30
Total 188 28 216
 
 

Students in the program are mainly officials of the Agricultural Development Projects and they come from the 19 states that constitute the catchment area of ABU. The program continues to attract more students from the private sector. Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, NGOs and private farms continued to send their technical officers to ABU.

 

ABU reviewed the curriculum and mainstream value chain into the curriculum. The revised curriculum has included a course on postharvest technology, value chain, food safety and quality. Most of the current SEPs projects implemented by students illustrated that more farmers are interested in the value addition and income generating activities.

 

The mid-career student statistics at Ahmadu Bello University, as of July 2016, is tabulated below:

 

Intake Year Male Female Total Remarks
1 2002/2003 18 1 19 graduated Feb 2006
2 2004/2005 16 2 18 graduated April 2007
3 2005/2006 15 1 16 graduated in 2008
4 2006/2007 15 4 19 graduated in 2009
5 2007/2008 14 2 16 graduated in 2010
6 2008/2009 21 1 22 graduated in 2011
7 2009/2010 22 5 27 graduated in 2012
8 2010/2011 10 3 13 graduated in 2013
9 2012/2013 13 2 15 graduated in 2014
10 2013/2014 17 4 24 graduated in 2015
11 2014/2015 27 3 30
  Total 188 28 216

 

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Voices from the Field

  • “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.
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  • “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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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