Nigeria

The development of agriculture in Nigeria has been characterized by a weak agricultural extension and advisory service. Recent studies conducted in Nigeria revealed that a weak agricultural extension system as one of the major challenges of agricultural development in Nigeria.

The major contributing factors to this rather worrisome situation include: lack of opportunities for in-service training for field extension staff and the lack of relevant and appropriate training and orientation of the extension personnel who even have the opportunity of in-service “qualification” training at tertiary institutions.  Accordingly, one of the major emerging issues in the Agricultural Transformation Agenda of the Federal Government of Nigeria is the quality of its agricultural extension and advisory service.  

 

The SAFE Program in Nigeria was started at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) in 2003. The purpose of the program in Nigeria is to contribute towards the agricultural and rural development efforts of the government through the production of qualified humna resource in the field of agricultural extension required to raise agricultural production and productivity of the country.

 

Currently, the SAFE program has expanded in five universities in Nigeria (i.e., Ahmadu Bello University, Bayero University, University of Ilorin, Adamawa State University and Usmanu Danfodio University). The mid-career program in Nigeria assures continued inflow of students into the degree programs at the five universities. In total, more than 645 mid-career and scholarship students benifited from the SAFE program in Nigeria, since the inception of the program at ABU.

 

Detailed mid-career student statistics in Nigeria (as of April 2017) is tabulated below:

 
Male
Female
Total
Graduates 386 47 433
Current 197 17 214
  583 64 647

 

In addition, 13 fellows also benifited from the SAFE scholarship program. Currently, one female faculty member from Adamawa State University is enrolled for her PhD study at Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria.

List of all scholarship receipients in Nigeria are listed below;

 

SN Name Sex Institution Degree Duration Completion
1 U.S Umar Male

Univ. Cape Coast

(UCC), Ghana

B.Sc 1996 1998
2 O. Yahaya Male UCC, Ghana B.Sc 1997 1998
3 Hassan Hamidu Male UCC, Ghana M.Sc 1996 1998
4 Idris Garko Saidu Male UCC, Ghana B.Sc 1998 2000
5 Suleiman S. Sabo Male UCC, Ghana B.Sc 1998 2000
6 Joseph S. Jaryum Male UCC, Ghana B.Sc 1998 2000
7 Amodu Lucy Female Ahmadu Bello, Nigeria M.Sc 1998 2002
8 Mohammed Adamu Male UCC, Ghana B.Sc 2002 2004
9 Mohammed Danladi Male UCC, Ghana B.Sc 2006 2007
10 Benjamin Adamu Male UCC, Ghana B.Sc 2006 2007
11 Ladi Lydia Female Ahmadu Bello, Nigeria PhD 2012 2015
12 Aderonke Adedoyin Female Ahmadu Bello, Nigeria MSc 2012 2014
13 Altine ustine Madugu Female Ahmadu Bello, Nigeria PhD 2016 2019

 

Read more about the SAFE Program at ABUBUKAdamawaIllorin and Usmanu Danfodio 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