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
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
An exhange visit to the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana was organised from 25-30 March 2013 as part of activities planned for awareness creation and learning in SAFE Programme management and activity implementation over the years. Vice Chancellors, Deans and Heads of Department from Nigeria (University of IIorin , Adamawa State University, Adamawa State University ) and Ethiopia (Hawasa University , Haramaya University ) were constituent of the visit.
The gusts visited Elmina Castle in Cape Coast and a Supervised Enterprise Project (SEP) on Cassava processing into Garri along Cape Coast Accra road on 29th March 2013. On the next day they had brief discussion on the management of SAFE program at UCC. Prof Turkson, Dean of School of Agriculture, said that SAFE program is very relevant and encouraged participating institutions to show more commitment towards it. He recounted that the SAFE program at the University of Cape Coast had gone through several difficulties, but due to the commitment of the staff at the school of Agriculture and the University Management it has been able to summount them.
The Vice Chancellors in their various remarks appreciated SAFE for organising this type of visit as it not only gives them the opportunity to know Ghana, but it ensured great experience sharing, learning and a chance to get clarification on some of the knotty issues about the SAFE programme. They however, expressed need for exchanges and development of south south bilateral relationship between universities in Africa.
All the participants agreed that the meeting was very successful and reiterated the relevance of the program to the Agricultural development of the participating countries. All the guests too, took a tour of the Sasakawa center and appreciated the efforts of UCC management and the School of Agriculture. They all agreed that it is indeed an eye opener for them in their reflections on how to sustain the SAFE program in their Universities. It was a learning and sharing excercise for them and they were exposed to important factors of success in the SAFE Program. As put by the Vice canceller of the University of Ilorin “ We shall go back home and take actions on the sustainability issues within our context".
- 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.,