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 2013. The intake of students continues to increase in all of the ninteen (19) participating universities and colleges. The total number of beneficiaries has increased from 4,123 in 2012 to 4,466 in 2013. 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 performance of students at graduation in 2013 has been very encouraging. A significant number of them graduated with distinction. More and more programs have been nurtured and are due to be weaned from direct SAFE’s support, whereas new other innovative programs will come onboard as well. The weaned partner institutions will therefore take full control of the programs and mainstream them into the university system.
The development/revision of the curricula and the launching of strengthening Farmer Based Organizations (FBOs) in the SAA four focus countries were the main activities during the year. Participating universities and colleges were engaged in revising their curricula as well as exploring ways for the actual use of distance and semi-distance learning as alternative modes of course delivery. SAFE has continued its support in the implementation of human resource development activities under Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) Ethiopia project.
Read more from the SAFE annual reports 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.