Malawi

Agriculture is the main source of livelihood of the majority of rural people in Malawi, which account for more than 85% of the population. Improving agricultural productivity is the major strategy for reducing poverty. The Government of Malawi is therefore, still pursuing policies and strategies that are aimed at enhancing and raising the incomes of smallholder farming communities. Key among the conditions for success of the government policies and initiatives is the availability of suitably well trained agricultural extension professionals. However, the number of extension staff in Malawi is low to address the needy farmers.

 

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security has therefore embarked in major staff training programs. Malawi’s Department of Agricultural Extension Services in the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security is undergoing a process of professionalization. The training programs are targeted towards developing well trained extension officer both at the grassroots level and supervisory level.

 

SAFE in Malawi is involved in strengthening the capacity of agricultural education institution 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.

 

The SAFE B.Sc. Agricultural Extension for mid-career professionals is one programs which fits very well into the Ministrys training plan. The SAFE Program in Malawi was in 2005. The purpose of the program is to contribute towards the agricultural and rural development efforts of Malawi through the production of qualified human resource in the field of agricultural extension required to raise agricultural production and productivity of the country.

 

























Mid-career Graduates at Bunda College (Lilongwe University), Malawi


The program assures continued inflow of students into the BSc degree program. So far, 150 students (101 male and 49 female) have benefited from the SAFE program.

In addition, eight (8) candidates (listed below) had benefited from the SAFE scholarship scheme in Malawi:
1. Mr. Moyo Wensley H. Amon
2. Mr. Rollex Namitanga
3. Ms. Phelire Tamala Nkhoma
4. Mr. Derlin Nyirenda
5. Mr. Blessing Malimba
6. Mr. Alfred Namaponyab
7. Mr. Francis Chilenga
8. Mr. Patrick Z. Lungu

 

 

Read more about the SAFE program at Lilongwe University.


 




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