University of Cape Coast, Ghana

 

University of Cape Coast (UCC) was established in 1962 out of a dire need for highly qualified and skilled manpower in education. Thus, it was established to train graduate teachers for second cycle institutions; Teacher Training Colleges; and Technical Institutions, a mission that the two Universities existing then were unequipped to fulfill. The University was also given the mandate “to serve the needs of the whole country” and “to play a unique role in national development by identifying national needs and addressing them.” The University has since its establishment added to its functions the training of educational planners, administrators, agriculturalists and, health professionals. The University is, therefore, playing a role that is unique and vital to the education enterprise of the nation.

 

In 1993, SAFE launched the first innovative B.Sc. Agricultural Extension Degree program in Ghana, in collaboration with University of Cape Coast (UCC), the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) and Winrock International. Purpose of the SAFE program at University of Cape Coast is to contribute towards the agricultural development efforts of the nation through the production of qualified human resource in the field of agricultural extension advisory services to serve the needs of smallholder farm families.

 

 


The first batch of mid-career students at UCC were admitted in 1994 and they were graduated in 1997. Since then, a total of 550 students (438 males and 112 females) have benefited from the SAFE-UCC program. Majority of SAFE students completed with First and Second Class Honours. It could, therefore, be said that the SAFE Program has provided the opportunity for mid-career agricultural staff to advance academically. Most Universities prefer graduates with Second Class Honours or better to enroll in Master's program.

 

  

  Male Female Total
Graduated  419 110 505
Current   35    6   45
Total 454 116 570
 

Despite of the fact that there is no more direct assistance from SAFE, University of Cape Coast continues to be active in SAFE activities. SAFE UCC has a very stable mid career student flow over the years. The program continues to attract more students from the private sector. Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), NGOs, private farms and other partners continued to send their technical officers to University of Cape Coast, while University of Cape Coast reviewed their curriculum and mainstream value chain into the curriculum.

 

In the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 academic years, many SAFE programmes embarked on the curriculum review process to meet emerging needs of farmers. Accordingly, UCC has revised the curriculum with focus on value chain.  The revised curriculum has included a course on postharvest technology, value chain, food safety and quality. Most of the current SEPs projects implemented by students illustrated that more farmers are interested in the value addition and income generating activities.

 

The current student statistics of mid-career students at University of Cape Coast, as of July 2016, is tabulated below:

 

Intake Year Male Female Total Remarks
1 1994/95 19 5 24 Graduated in 1997
2 1995/96 23 4 27 Graduated in 1998
3 1996/97 17 8 25 Graduated in 1999
4 1997/98 20 5 25 Graduated in 2000
5 1998/99 41 11 52 Graduated in 2001 
6 2000/01 22 3 25 Ggraduated in 2002
7 2001/02 26 1 27 Graduated in 2003
8 2002/03 24 7 31 Graduated in 2004
9 2003/04 25 6 31 Graduated in 2005
10 2004/05 18 7 25 Graduated in 2006
11 2005/06 19 5 24 Graduated in 2007
12 2006/07 19 10 29 Graduated in 2008 
13 2007/08 19 7 26 Graduated in 2009
14 2008/09 20 6 26 Graduated in 2010
15 2009/10 18 8 26 Graduated in 2011
16 2010/11 20 5 25 Graduated in 2012
17 2011/12 25 3 28 Graduated in 2013
18 2012/13 23 6 29 Graduated in 2014
19 2013/14 21 3 24 Graduated in 2015
20 2014/15 19 2 21 -
21 2015/16 16 4 20
  Total 454 116 570

 

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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