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Walking with the Farmer

Walking with the Farmer is a SAA's electronic newsletter issued bi-monthly.

Annual report

Annual report

Annual Report FY2020


Annual Report FY2020 is now available online.


Publications & Reports / History

SAA history book, “Walking with the Farmer –the journey of the Sasakawa Africa Association since 1986”


We are pleased to announce the publication of our history book that chronicles the Sasakawa Africa Association’s (SAA) work in agricultural development in Africa beginning in 1986. The book was written by Thomas Hager, an award winning American science writer. In writing the book, Mr. Hager proposed that he wanted to follow SAA's path closely, but that it should not be only about what went well, but also what did not go so well. He believed that it should be a story of African agricultural development from the field, rather than just a corporate story.

Since its early period, SAA has boldly tackled issues such as climate change, soil degradation, nutrition, value chains, and agricultural finance, all of which have become hot topics in recent years. We have also expended a great deal of energy in coordinating with relevant organizations. We hope that this book will be of guidance to those involved in agricultural development in Africa. As this book suggests, collaboration and partnership are the key words for this new era, and we will continue to work together with our partners in the field with "Walking with the Farmer" in our hearts


Dennis Okello; A Local Artisan Mentoring Youth into Making Various Technologies in Uganda


SAA promotes the use of advanced technologies for smallholder farmers across the entire agricultural value chain. However, specifically on the post harvesting segment, it has been a challenge utilizing technologies for farmers across the country. So SAA has been building the capacity of local artisans and fabricators to develop and maintain these technologies so that they can sustainably be utilized by the farmers.
Dennis Okello makes motorized maize shellers and other types of machines to ease the life of farmers in Kole district, Uganda. He also services and repairs these machine, with a training he got from SAA's Post-Harvesting pillar.
Today, he makes a decent living from this trade and is now mentoring youth in his village to do the same. He also employs a couple of them most of whom are school drop outs just like him. He gets pride in seeing them enroll into school or start the same trade.

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