Lilongwe University of Agriculture, Malawi

 

 

Bunda College has a proud history dating back to 1966 when it was set up with a specific mandate to train agricultural professionals in Malawi. It is the only college in the country offering degree level training in the various agricultural disciplines. Bunda College is, therefore, the leading institution in Malawi in the area of agricultural human resource development.

 

The SAFE program at Bunda College was started in August 2005 with four candidates. In 2012, Bunda College has been amalgamated with the Natural Resource College (NRC), a diploma college, to form a new university called Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANR). The new university has two campuses – Bunda and NRC.

 

Purpose of the SAFE program at Lilongwe University is to contribute towards the agricultural development efforts of Malawi through the production of qualified human resource in the field of agricultural extension required to raise agricultural production and productivity.

 


 

So far, 75 students (58 males and 17 females) graduated from the SAFE-Lilongwe program. Most of the graduates are now holding very influential positions than before they went through the program. Some have been promoted from technical officers to positions such as District Livestock Development Officers, some from Assistant Research Officers to Communication Officers and a few are waiting for Government approval to be promoted from Assistant Research Officers to Research Liaison Officers. Even those from the private and NGO community are holding very influential positions.

 

  Male Female Total
Graduated 70 33 103
Current 31 16   47
Total 101 49 150

The program at Lilongwe University has completed 10 full cycles with the graduation of 13 students of the 8th intake group in 2015. So far, 150 students (101 males and 49 females) benefited from the program. Currently, 47 mid-career students are enrolled at Lilongwe University. Lilongwe has completed a value chain-oriented training needs survey and revised the curriculum along the value chain. Student statistics at Lilongwe University, as of September 2016, is tabulated below:

 

Intake Year Male Female Total Remarks
1 2005 3 1 4 Graduated in August 2008
2 2006 13 5 18 Graduated in August 2009
3 2007 13 4 17 Graduated in August 2010
4 2008 3 0 3 Graduated in October 2011
5 2009 5 1 6 Graduated in December 2012
6 2010 10 4 14 Graduated in December 2013
7 2012 11 2 13 Graduated in December 2014
8 2013 12 16 28 Graduated in December 2015
9 2014 10 12 22  
10 2015 21 4 25  
  TOTAL 101 49 150  

 

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Voices from the Field

  • “SAFE`s part in my life has been immense”, Coulibaly K. Mallé. More
  • “No better time than now to thank SAFE”, Mesele Yilma,. More
  • “When knowledge empowers you, challenges are not problems”, Patience Kantomah, SAFE mid-career student at Bayero University, Nigeria.More
  • "My dream to educate my children has come true", George Mutebe, Uganda.
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  • “My thanks are enormous for Sasakawa`s intervention”, Misaye Mitiku, Ethiopia. More
  • “The reason why our cooperative is a primary model cooperative is because of Sasakawa`s intervention”, Tike Fekade, Ethiopia. More
  • “We realized crop failure is farmers’ failure”, Muhammmad Yaro, Nigeria. More

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