Uganda

The Government of Uganda through the Poverty Eradication Action Plan aims at increasing incomes of poor people, improving livelihoods of the population and promoting good governance. Under PEAP the Plan for Modernisation of Agriculture (PMA) sets out the strategic framework within which the transformation of agriculture from subsistence to commercial farming is planned to take place. The National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) is one of seven core programs under the PMA (The other core programs within the PMA are agricultural research and technology development, agricultural education, agro processing and marketing, micro finance and credit, sustainable natural resource management and infrastructure development). The NAADS is a paradigm shift in delivery of agricultural advisory services. Transformation of agricultural services has necessitated a new basic competency requirement and attitude change by agricultural advisers if they are to work effectively in a competitive private environment.

 

 

The policy shift in Extension service delivery of Uganda from a Public Extension Service delivery system to a private sector extension system came with its challenges/issues. This change therefore called for reorientation of the attitude, improving the technical competence and social skills of these public extension workers to deliver effective and efficient advisory services based on the demands of the empowered farmers. A case for capacity building and specifically the need for staff development to enable them cope with this shift was evidenced. The SAFE Program in Uganda was started at Makerere University in 1996. The purpose of the program is to contribute towards the agricultural and rural development efforts of Uganda through the production of qualified human resource in the field of agricultural extension required to raise agricultural production and productivity of the country.

 

 

In total, about 400 students graduated in Uganda since the inception of the program at Makerere University. Three students benifited from the SAFE scholarship. Detailed profile of scholarship students of Uganda is tabulated below. Makerere University has launched the distance program in 2013 and currently fifty one (51) candidates have been admitted in the program. Detailed mid-career student statistics of Uganda is available here.

 

Click here to read more about the SAFE program at Makerere 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