“Voice from the Field - Nigeria

“When knowledge empowers you, challenges are not problems”

The first Sasakawa Africa Fund for extension Education (SAFE) program in Nigeria was launched in 2002 at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) in Zaria. Purpose of the SAFE program in Nigeria is to contribute towards the agricultural development efforts of the country through the production of qualified human resources in the field of agricultural extension advisory services to serve the needs of smallholder farm families.



 

Currently, SAFE has five programs in the following universities: ABU in Zaria, Bayero University Kano (BUK) in Kano, Adamawa State University (Adamawa), University of Illorin (Illorin) and Usman Danfodio University (in Sokoto). SAFE started Bayero University`s program in 2007. Students come from Kano state and from different states like Adamawa, Tarawa, Borno, Gombe, and Illorin.


Garba Abdullahi is a third year mid-career student at BUK, currently implementing his Supervised Enterprise Projects (SEPs). Prior to his enrollment at BUK, Garba obtained a Higher National Diploma (HND) and worked as an agricultural extension agent with Agricultural Development Project (ADP). He explained: “SAFE`s intervention here means indirectly helping millions of Nigerians towards food security because nowadays at least 80% of my colleagues have HND and they need the opportunity to come where I am because with that HND they cannot bridge the gap. So we are appealing to continue funding what SAFE is doing so that the remaining people after me can join. I have a lot of confidence that when I go back to my community I will deliver better than past practices. I am learning here that, yes, the challenges are bigger and the answers are different. But when knowledge empowers you, challenges are not problems and we can solve them and empower our community in return. With this experience now when I go back to my SEPs in the community, we change the format, the system.”



Patience Kantomah is a first-year student pursuing her BSc in Agricultural Extension. She graduated in 2012 from Kaduna Polytechnic, department of Agricultural Engineering.

 

 

She went on to work for a private school in Kaduna state. She said: “What prompted me to come to this program is initially I planned to apply for my post-graduate in education. Somebody now brought the idea of me to register for the SAFE program instead of going for post-graduate course directly. When I was given admission, I found out that it is very helpful to my field because it would be an added advantage as an agricultural engineer in soil and water and coming back to study agricultural extension. So I believe with this program, I will have a big knowledge and understanding on extension where I can be able to deliver to the people in my community and people who are finding it difficult in terms of agriculture that I can be able to attend and make it possible for them to look into it how to be able to put it into practice. The challenge we have is we are only three females in the class but I believe that with subsequent admissions in the coming years more women will enroll in the program so that we will put more hands together in making the extension program to be successful.”



 

 




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.
    More
  • “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.

 

Read More ....

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