“Voice from the Field - Uganda

"My dream to educate my children has come true"

In Uganda Bugiri district, Nankoma sub-county, George Mutebe is now a proud farmer with his four-acre Mak Soy 3N variety bean field, after observing SG2000/aBi Trust soybean production demo in 2013. He learned proper agronomic practices for soybeans and adopted the technologies and cultivated four acres.

 


George recalls: “It was 2013, Mrs. Kemigisha Rosette, Program Officer of SG 2000, came to the marketing center and trained us on good agronomic practices for soybeans including planting in lines. After the training, I was selected to host a one acre demonstration for soybeans for our group. We planted 15 kg. Out of the 15kg I was given, I got six bags, or approximately 600 kg. I got money out of that demo selling a kg for UG shs 2,000. I used that money to procure seeds and cultivated 7.8 acres in 2014. From that I harvested 3,500 kg of Soybeans that I sold at 2,000 UGshs per kg making a gross income of UGX 7,000,000 (US$2,500). The accrued money helped me to take send my children to a boarding school and meet our basic family needs.”



George recalls: “It was 2013, Mrs. Kemigisha Rosette, Program Officer of SG 2000, came to the marketing center and trained us on good agronomic practices for soybeans including planting in lines. After the training, I was selected to host a one acre demonstration for soybeans for our group. We planted 15 kg. Out of the 15kg I was given, I got six bags, or approximately 600 kg. I got money out of that demo selling a kg for UG shs 2,000. I used that money to procure seeds and cultivated 7.8 acres in 2014. From that I harvested 3,500 kg of Soybeans that I sold at 2,000 UGshs per kg making a gross income of UGX 7,000,000 (US$2,500). The accrued money helped me to take send my children to a boarding school and meet our basic family needs.”

 

Jacob George, the son who is now going to university, thanked everyone who had done good work with his father to achieve his dream of educating his children. He further said that after school, he will assist his father with other businesses so that he does not depend only on farming. “Besides that I want to thank the Sasakawa Global 2000 team and I wish to be like you after completing my studies,” he aims.



 



 

 




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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.

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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
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    [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