Dr Deola NaibakelaoManaging Director, SAFE.
SAFE is the brainchild of the late Norman. E. Borlaug, the late Ryochi Sasakawa, & former US President, Jimmy Carter, was established in 1986.
SAFE is currently involved in strengthening the capacity of agricultural universities and colleges to play a pivotal role in rural development.
The main pillars of the SAFE initiative are lifelong learning, demand-driven curricula, experiential learning and rural leadership dev't.
SAFE's guiding philosophy: African tertiary educational institutions can offer responsive continuing education to support agric. and rural dev't.
The SAFE programs are demand-driven based on identified needs and designed to run as partnerships between employers & universities.More
Technology Villages (TVs) are tracts of land situated in or near some of the SAFE training institutions, dedicated to the development of innovations and practical training for students, farmers and the general public.Read more.
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.
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
In recognition of his eminent attainments, Hawassa University in Ethiopia made Mr Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of The Nippon Foundation, “Doctor of Agricultural Development Honoris Causa” during the graduation ceremony held on July 14, 2012 at the University main campus.
Ethiopian ambassador to Japan His Excellency Mr. Markos Tekle awarded the Doctor of Agriculture Development Honoris Causa and Medal to Mr.Yohei Sasakawa, Chair of the Nippon Foundation,on an official ceremony held at the Ethiopian Embassy in Tokyo On December 12, 2012. Mr. Sasakawa was not able to travel to Ethiopia for health reasons. On the awarding ceremony held at Ethiopian Embassy in Tokyo Japan, His Excellency Markos Tekle said Sasakawa Global has played a significant role in his country in minimizing the rate of famine, in enabling many people to be self- sufficient in food, in protecting natural resources and generally in the development of the country.
The ambassador added that the Sasakwa Program beingfinanced by Nippon Foundation has brought many Sub- Sahara African countries out of poverty. According to Mr. Markos, it is realizing these successful achievements in Ethiopia that HwU decided to award the Chair of the Foundation. His Excellency also expressed his pride for getting the chance to award the Honorary Degree to Mr. Sasakawa on behalf of Hawasa University. Extending his heartfelt thanks to be chosen for such a great honor, Mr. Sasakawa resonated that the Sasakawa Program has changed the lives of many farmers in Sub –Sahara Africa in general and in Ethiopia in particular. Mr. Sasakawa also promised to keep working with Ethiopia. Invited guests and officials from Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs were convened on the occasion.On the awarding ceremony held at Ethiopian Embassy in Tokyo Japan, His Excellency Markos Tekle said Sasakawa Global has played a significant role in his country in minimizing the rate of famine, in enabling many people to be self- sufficient in food, in protecting natural resources and generally in the development of the country.
The University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana, gave the first one in 2000.
- 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.,