Dr Deola Naibakelao
Managing Director, SAFE.
SAFE's guiding philosophy: African tertiary educational institutions can offer responsive trainings to support agric. and rural dev't.
The main pillars of the SAFE initiative are lifelong learning, demand-driven curricula, experiential learning & rural leadership dev't.
The SAFE programs are demand-driven based on identified needs and designed to run as partnerships by employers and universities.
SAFE is involved in strengthening the capacity of agricultural training inistituions to play a pivotal role in rural development.
SAFE is the brainchild of the late Norman. E. Borlaug, the late Ryochi Sasakawa and former US President, Jimmy Carter.Read more
Editor-in-Chief, African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND), Kenya
Senior Research Fellow, Area Studies Center Institute of Developing Economies, Japan
Executive Director - Management, Sasakasa Africa Association and Sasakawa Fund for Extension Education, Japan
Director, Centre for Applied Studies in International Negotiations President,Network for Governance, Enterprenurship & Dev't. Switzerland
The SAFE Alumni Associations are established with the objective of putting the mid-career graduates under one umbrella for the purpose of sharing experiences, contributing to the improvement of agricultural extension in the target countries and consequently the development of agriculture at national level.Read more.
The SAFE programs have made steady progress during 2016. The intake of students continues to increase in all of the twenty four (24) participating universities and colleges. The total number of beneficiaries has increased from 5,510 in 2015 to 6,105 in 2016. The performance of students in 2016 has been very encouraging. A significant number of them graduated with distinction. This indicates the continued demand and relevance of the SAFE initiative as well as the interest of the public and private sectors in capitalizing on the SAFE programs as a means to strengthen the knowledge and technical skills of their staff.
The overall implementation of the programs at the institutions in 2016 has been good. Teaching staff were reinforced through various trainings, such as training on value chain, module development, and implementation of SEPs. The FBO project has recorded a good progress. Special efforts were also made to reach a greater number of people with special needs.
The SAFE annual reports from 2003 - 2016 are avialbale below in PDF.
- University of Cape Coast,
- Haramaya University,
- Makerere University,
- Sokoine University,
- Kwadaso Agricultural
- Ahmadu Bello University,
- Rural Polytechnic Inistitute
for Training and Applied
Research (IPR/IFRA), Mali.
- University of Abomey
- University of Bobo
- University of Lilongwe,
- Hawasa University,
- Samanko Agricultural
- Bayero University,
- Adamawa State University,
- Bahir Dar University,
- University of Illorin,
- Mekele University,
- Jimma University,
- Wollo University,
- University of Segou,
- Usmanu Danfodiyo,
- Semera University,
- Arba Minch University,
- Jigjiga Univ.,
The 20th anniversary of the Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE) was celebrated in Ghana (November 6-7, 2013). It was marked by a major symposium.