Benin

The economy of Benin is dependent on Subsistence agriculture. About 70 percent of the working population depends on agriculture, which implies the need for trained agricultural extension advisors to help smallholder farmers improve their agricultural production and productivity.

 

SAFE is involved in strengthening the capacity of agricultural education institutions in nine sub-Saharan Africa to play a more pivotal role in rural development by developing responsive, farmer-focused, formal continuing education programs for mid-career agricultural and rural development workers who will provide leadership in developing agricultural extension systems that effectively and efficiently contribute to sustained growth and transformation of agriculture.

 

Benin is one of the three SAFE Francophone program countries in West Africa. The SAFE program in Benin was started in 2004 at University of Abomey Calavi. The purpose of the program is to contribute the agricultural and rural development efforts of Benin through the production of qualified human resource in the field of agricultural extension required to raise agricultural production and productivity of the country.

 

SAFE has encouraged the programs in Francophone countries to closely work together, create and sustain synergy. As a result, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin have jointly developed modules for the distance program and; universities in the three countries regularly consult each others on issues pertaining to their respective programs.

 

Currently, University of Abomey Calavi is implementing a distance training program in extension and Agricultural advisory services. The program targets employed agricultural extension agents and technicians of agriculture; managers engaged in agriculture form the private sector. Students earn university degree in Professional BS in Agricultural Extension.

 

As of September 2016, more than 220 students (18% 0f whom are females) are benefited from the program at University of Abomey Calavi.

  Male Female Total
Graduated 130 20 150
Current 52 21 73
Total 182 41 223

 

The program assures continued inflow of students into the program. As of September 2016, more than 220 students (18% of whom are females) are benefited from the program in Benin. In addition, six students had benefited from the SAFE scholarship scheme and trained at BSc (1), MSc (4) and PhD (1) level.

 

 




 




Voices from the Field

  • “SAFE`s part in my life has been immense”, Coulibaly K. Mallé. More
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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
  • 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