SAA News

An interview story: Ryoji Inaba, a former JICA volunteer to Uganda now engaging in farming in Japan

September.30.2019

Ryoji Inaba is a young Japanese farmer and former Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer (JOCV) in Uganda, where he was assigned to work at the SAA Country Office for two years from 2012 to 2014. Since returning home to Aichi Prefecture and starting life as a farmer, he has worked on producing a wide range of organic farm products.

Ryoji was part of the panel discussion that took place during the SAA official TICAD VII side-event in Yokohama on 28 August, where he engaged with other young farme...Read more

H.E Olusegun Mathew Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria graced SAA's booth. He was received by Dr. Deola Naibakelao, Dr. Mel Oluoch and Engineer Halos-Kim

SAA’s flag bearers stood-out in AGRF

September.18.2019

The beautiful city of Accra has been bustling to receive guests who flocked from all corners of the globe to attend the 2019 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) held at the Accra International Convention Center (AICC) from 2-6 September 2019. The AGRF 2018 forum was successfully hosted in Kigali, Rwanda and this year, Accra, Ghana was the host to this prestigious continental event which attracted key actors in agriculture, heads of states, researchers, producers, promoters, the media community...Read more

Japan pledges boost to cooperation with Africa at Sasakawa Africa Association side-event for TICAD VII

September.11.2019

Wednesday 11 September – A “new era” of opportunities and cooperation in agriculture between Japan and Africa was heralded at a symposium organised by the Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA), at the seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VII).

‘Sasakawa in Africa: Building on the Past, Looking to the Future’ heard a commitment from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to strengthen Japanese cooperation with Africa, and saw a new agreement struck between SAA and the J...Read more

​Signing ceremony of MOC with JICA (From left, Dr. ​Shinichi ​Kitaoka, President of JICA, Mr. ​Hiroshi ​Kato, Senior Vice President​ of JICA​, and Hon. Prof. ​​Ruth Oniang'o, Chairperson of SAA, Mr. Yohei Sasakawa. Chairman of The Nippon Foundation)

Signing ceremony of new Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with JICA.

September.2.2019

On 28 August, during TICAD 7, SAA and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a new Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC).

The purpose of the MOC is to facilitate cooperation between JICA and SAA by taking advantages of strengths of each organization and promote Public Private Partnerships in Africa, to contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs 2) especially Goal 2 “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agricultur...Read more

Participants of the Youth Business Clinic organized by SAA with their awards and certificates, Uganda

Youth Business Clinic 2018: SAA supporting youth entrepreneurship in Uganda

August.14.2019

Over the years, SG2000 Uganda in collaboration with other development partners has promoted/supported youth’s employment in agribusiness value chain as service providers and producers. This has become the driving force for youths’ employment and modernization of agriculture that is strategically positioned to the realization of the national development plan II and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) specifically 1, 2, 5 and 8.

The sustainability of agriculture and food production relies ...Read more

Holding TICAD VII Official Side Event Symposium: Sasakawa in Africa – Building on the past, looking to the future August 28, 2019, Yokohama

July.16.2019

The Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) is organising an official Side Event at TICAD VII in Yokohama, on 28 August. The Side Event is dealing with a serious problem facing most African countries – youth unemployment – and examining the opportunities available through entrepreneurship in agriculture.

Youth unemployment across the African continent is projected to reach 440 million by 2030, but the former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo – who at the time was a director of SAA – has commente...Read more

Professor Ruth Oniang’o, Chair of SAA board received the honorary doctorate degree on behalf of Ryoichi Sasakawa

Makerere University honors Late Ryoichi Sasakawa

October.22.2018

The late Ryoichi Sasakawa, the founder and the former chairman of Nippon Foundation and one of the founding fathers of Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA), received Honorary Doctorate of Laws (Honoris Causa) from Makerere University on an event held on 9th of August, 2018.

In the presence of university community, distinguished guests and SG 2000 Uganda Staff, Hon. Professor Ruth Oniang’o, Chair of the SAA board, received the award on behalf of Ryoichi Sasakawa’s family and SAA. In her brief ad...Read more

Dr Mel Oluoch, new Regional Director

Sasakawa Africa Association welcomes new Regional Director

October.17.2018

The Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Mel Oluoch as new Regional Director. Dr Oluoch will be based at the SAA Regional Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Dr Oluoch, a Kenyan national, joins SAA following a career in agricultural research, rural and value-chain development, and policy formulation. He brings to SAA a wealth of knowledge and experience in project management, capacity-building, and increasing smallholder farmers’ access to new production...Read more

SAA Appoints New Country Director for Ethiopia

September.10.2018

Dr. Fentahun Mengistu is the new Country Director of SAA/Sasakawa Global-2000 Ethiopia. He has taken over the leadership, as of September 1, 2018, from Dr. Aberra Debelo, who retired at the end of August 2018 after 14 years of distinguished service to the betterment for the lives of Ethiopian smallholder farmers.

Dr. Fentahun was born in a farming family in Gojjam, Amhara Region of Ethiopia. Having completed his primary and secondary schools in the nearby Dangila town, driven by his rural li...Read more

[From left] Mr. Mori (Executive Director of The Nippon Foundation), Mr. Sasakawa (Chairman of  The Nippon Foundation ), Ms. Iseki (Executive Director of SAA), H.E. Mr. Soglo (former President of Benin) and Mr. Yoshimasa Kanayama (President of SAA)

Courtesy call on H.E. Mr. Nicéphore Soglo and H.E. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo

September.6.2018

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MoFA) and The Nippon Foundation co-hosted the Core Group Meeting of the Eminent Persons Group on Peace and Stability in Africa on 31st August and 1st September. Five former Heads of State were invited to the Meeting, with the aim of putting forward proposals in the field of peace, security and stability in Africa.

Our former Board Directors, H.E. Mr. Nicéphore Soglo, former President of Benin, and H.E. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nige...Read more

SAA Regional Office and SG 2000 Ethiopia staff welcomed  Mr. Yohei Sasakawa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. ​

Mr.Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of the Nippon Foundation, visited Ethiopia

July.25.2018

On 19 July, ​the Chairman of the Nippon Foundation, Mr. Yohei Sasakawa was on transit in Addis Ababa​, Ethiopia​​​ on his way to the Comoros for a working visit​ . SAA staff from the Regional Office and the Ethiopia Country ​O​ffice​ (SG 2000 Ethiopia) warmly welcomed him​ and made a report of recent activities carried out in the field.​ Mr.Sasakawa inspired them to keep trying harder.

Annual Report 2017 published

July.11.2018

Annual Report 2017 has been published and is available on our website.

Ms. Atsuko Toda (Director of Agricultural Finance and Rural Development, AfDB) and Ms. Fumiko Iseki (Executive Director, SAA)

【Report】The seminar on “Investing in Agriculture and Agribusinesses in Africa” in Tokyo

June.4.2018

The African Development Bank(AfDB) and Sasakawa Africa Association(SAA) held the Seminar on “Investing in Agriculture and Agribusinesses in Africa” on May 29, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

Ms. Atsuko Toda, Director, Agricultural Finance and Rural Development at AfDB, underscored the enormous investment opportunities in African agriculture sector, spurred by successful democratic transitions, increasing export flows and rise of the middle class. Agribusiness in Africa has huge potentiality. Ms. Toda s...Read more

SG2000-Uganda recognized and awarded at the Uganda National Symposium on Agricultural Extension

April.4.2018

Uganda Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (UFAAS) with support from USAID and its Africa wide-umbrella body – the African Forum Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) organized and conducted the first National Agricultural Extension Symposium on 12-15 March 2018 in Kampala, with the theme- enhancing agricultural extension capacity and quality: promoting gender responsive, nutrition sensitive and professional AEAS in Uganda. The 3-day event brought together Agricultural Extension and Advis...Read more

The website has been renewed.

October.19.2017

Thank you for visiting our website. We have renewed the website to provide more useful and comprehensive information for better understanding of our activities.

We will strive to further enhance the contents and provide timely information. Your continued support would be very much appreciated.

Video link to Kenya Television Network's (KTN) coverage of Prof. Ruth's award:2017 Africa Food Prize

September.25.2017

Media outlets continue with their coverage about Hon Prof. Ruth Oniang'o, who has recently won a coveted accolade becoming the 2017 Africa Food Prize corecipient with the Malian agriculture entrepreneur, Madame Maïmouna Sidibe Coulibaly.

The Chairperson of the Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) and Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE) has been on the front pages of various publications, including those in the four SAA focus countries of Ethiopia, Mali, Nigeria, and Uganda....Read more

Ruth Oniang’o, Chair of the Sasakawa Africa Association, wins the Africa Food Prize

September.11.2017

Hon Professor Ruth Oniang’o, Chair of the Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) and Sasakawa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE), has been awarded the 2017 Africa Food Prize, in recognition of her role as a leading voice on nutrition in Africa. The prize recognises the best examples of those using agriculture to transform people’s lives and stimulate economic development, and this year received over 600 nominees. The prize was awarded on the third day of the seventh African Green Revolution Forum (A...Read more

Mrs.Helen Epurege secretary of Nyarakoti Farmer Field School

A Milestone in Uganda

August.11.2017

Sunny and quiet morning in Tororo district, East of Uganda boarder to Kenya. Our team comprised of staff members from Sasakawa Global (SG) 2000 Uganda and reporters who represented different media institutions were heading to meet farmers which according to the preliminary briefing managed to register a commendable achievement under a group named Nyarakoti Farmer Field School revamped by the country program and Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE). Evergreen landscape with long s...Read more

Dr. Juliana Rwelamira, Managing Director of SAA received a certificate of appreciation from Dr. Abdoulaye Hamadoun, General Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture of Mali

SG-2000 Mali Celebrate 30th anniversary of SAA

June.23.2017

March 2, 2017. The night was special for Sasakawa Global 2000 management and staff members. They were making sure that things are going as planned. Guests who were invited from different institutions are taking their designated seats in a hall arranged at Grand Azalai Hotel located in Bamako right next to the central rail station which connects the city to Dakar, Senegal.
Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) have reached a milestone in 2016. It observed its 30th anniversary with farmers, partners ...Read more

Engr. Leony Halos-Kim, SAA`s Postharvest & Agro-Processing Director presenting award to H.E. Dr. Eyasu Abraha, Minister of Agriculture & Natural Resources for the ministry`s "outstanding support to SG-2000 Ethiopia"

SG-2000 Ethiopia Celebrate 30 Years of SAA, Hold Stakeholders Meeting

April.26.2017

Sasakawa Global 2000 (SG-2000) Ethiopia marked Sasakawa Africa Association`s (SAA) 30th Anniversary of service to smallholder farmers of Africa, the 24th in Ethiopia, and holding Stakeholders’ Symposium in Adama from March 30 to 31st , 2017 in the presence of H.E. Dr. Eyasu Abraha, Minister of Agriculture & Natural Resources of Ethiopia, H.E. Mr. Sileshi Getahun, Vice-President of the Oromia regional state and head of the Agriculture & Natural Resources bureau, and H.E. Mr. Osmar Suru...Read more

Voices from the field

Namutamba Siida, a member of the Bulunguli cooperative in a soybean field

“My income and livelihood have improved”

September.17.2019 / Uganda

The farmer’s multipurpose cooperative reaping the benefits of collective seed production


The Bulunguli Farmer’s Multipurpose Cooperative is located in the Iganga district of Uganda. A needs assessment was conducted in 2016 as part of an agreement between SG 2000 Uganda and the Ministry of Agriculture, together with the International
Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), during which many farmer groups requested capacity development in oil-seed crop production. SAA worked with eight of ...Read more

Mali

“ This foundation seed project has been an opportunity to improve our living conditions”

August.16.2019 / Mali

The Foloda Women’s Group

The Monzonblena Postharvest and Trading Center (PHTC) boasts a membership of 10 villages, and is located south of the Malian capital, Bamako. In 2017, SAA identified the villages, including Foloda, which has a population of 450 and relies on subsistence agriculture as its main source of income, to follow a needs assessment survey organized in collaboration with the national agriculture sector of Dioïla.

Following the survey, a women’s group in Foloda was chosen to ...Read more

“ Without the SAFE program, I would never have had the opportunity to be where I am today”

July.19.2019 /

The Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE)integrates African universities and colleges into the agricultural development process, to ensure that extension staff are equipped to lead the transformation of agriculture along the value chain.Joseph Kwesi Sarpong, a Ghanaian national, was among the first intake of SAFE students when the program launched in 1993.

“There were 25 of us in total when we graduated in 1996,”Joseph explains. “After graduating, I went back to Kwadaso to spear...Read more

Daniel (L) and John working in the green house

“I am proud of being engaged in agriculture”

June.17.2019 / Uganda

The youth agribusiness in Uganda turning agricultural employment into a winning choice


The Zirobwe Agaliawamu Agri-business Training Association(ZAABTA) is a dynamic and award-winning youth agri-business association situated in the Luwero district of central Uganda. The success of the group rests on its ability to inspire African
youth to view agriculture as an employment choice with a bright future, rather than as a last resort.

The Nokia Youth Farming Agricultural Innovation Platform ...Read more

Diakaridia Ouattara with some sample of maize of his PHTC

“ This is a new type of market that we did not know before SG 2000”

June.6.2019 / Mali

The National Cereal Exchange Fair, which has over the years become an essential event in Mali for the promotion, and exchange of, grain products, held its 13th edition in Ségou from 14-15 February. The Exchange Fair, which was first launched
in 2006, was the initiative of the President of the Permanent Assembly of the Chambers of Agriculture of Mali (APCAM), in partnership with SG 2000 Mali and AMASSA Afrique Verte. In addition to providing smallholder farmers access to a larger
market, the Fa...Read more

Alhaji Abdu Gana (center), chairman of the Kafin Gana Farmers’ Cooperative.

“ Without SG 2000 intervention, we would have been battling with abject poverty”

May.7.2019 / Nigeria

The Story of the Kafin Gana Farmers’ Cooperative

The Kafin Gana Farmers’ Cooperative, in Jigawa, northwestern Nigeria, began life as a rotating savings and credit association (ROSCA) in January, 2000. At that time, the cooperative had 10 members, but by 2005 this had increased to 25, including 15 men and 10 women. In its early years the group struggled to invest effectively in profitable enterprises, explains Alhaji Abdu Gana, the group’s chairman. “For over 15 years, there was no improvement...Read more

Tige Gelaw, member of the Alen Tesfa women’s agro-processing cooperative group

“They come from great distances to our shop” - The ‘Alen Tesfa’ women’s agro-processing cooperative

April.5.2019 / Ethiopia

Tige Gelaw is from the Awabel woreda of the Amhara region in Ethiopia, bordered on the south by the famous Abay River, known as the Blue Nile. Tige is a member of Alen Tesfa, which translates to We have Hope, a women’s agro-processing cooperative group set up by SAA in 2010.

“SG 2000 came to our kebele” Tige recalls. “The first training we received was in home economics. [They] then provided us with peppers, chickpeas and Teff flour milling machines, which relieved us of the double burden of ...Read more

Madoudjan Kéita (centre), host farmer of a Foundation Seed Production test plot in the Kayes region, explains test plot practices to National Director of Agriculture, Oumar Maiga

Malian National Director of Agriculture ‘Very Satisfied’ with SAA Interventions

March.20.2019 / Mali

As part of the partnership between SG 2000 Mali and the National Directorate of Agriculture (DNA), national supervisory field visits are held to identify and document achievements in each of the four intervention areas where SG 2000 works: Kayes,Koulikoro, Sikasso, and Ségou. By recording these successes, they can be included in national annual reports and other databases, highlighting the successes of SG 2000 interventions, technologies,and innovations, and generating further adoption and buy-i...Read more

Chairperson Otwani Terensio (middle), Hellen Epuruge (far right) and other members of the Nyarakot Group showcasing their machines.

“ Why don’t you join Sasakawa?” The Story of the Nyarakot Group

February.13.2019 / Uganda

The Nyarakot Farmer Field School 1 is situated in Asinge C of the Nyarakot parish, in Tororo District, Uganda. It consists of 30 members, 18 of whom are women, and its activities include rice, groundnut and maize production. Formed in 2012 and fully registered, it received an initial investment of 10,000,000 Ugandan shillings (USh) from SG 2000 Uganda under the Farmer Based Organizations (FBOs) project. They were able to pay back the loan within a year, and the profits from their farming busines...Read more

Dr Fousseyni Cissé (third from left) and his team of researchers visit a demonstration plot

Supporting farmers to produce quality seed

December.22.2018 / Mali

Dr Fousseyni Cissé is a veteran scientist and rice breeder at the Malian Institute of Rural Economy (IER).

SAA works in collaboration with IER to produce quality seed for farmers. At the demonstration sites for seed production in the Sikasso region, SG 2000 Mali supports an IER-led project to promote two quality seed varieties.

The IER Lowland Rice Unit, based in the Sikasso Cercle at Lokorola village, is among the different agricultural research stations (Lowland and Upland) for different...Read more

Fatouma Burka with the ‘Model Cooperative’ Certificate of Recognition awarded to the cooperative by the Oromia Regional State of Ethiopia

Women at the Forefront of Model Cooperative

November.27.2018 / Ethiopia

Fatouma Burka is treasurer of the Borata Arjo Grain Marketing Primary Cooperative Society in the Bubata Arjo kebele of the Oromia region, Ethiopia. The group was established in 2010 with 27 members, all but one of whom were women, and the following year were registered and certified by the cooperatives promotion office. Current membership has now surpassed one hundred members, ten of them men. They are now a member of the Uta Wayu Cooperative Union – one of the most successful unions in Ethiopia...Read more

The Zangon Buhari Rice Milling Enterprise in Bunkure, Kano State.

WOMEN’S AGRO-PROCESSING ENTERPRISES: A source of income for rural women in Nigeria

August.1.2018 / Nigeria

Since 2012, the Postharvest Handling and Agro-processing programme (PHAP) of Sasakawa Global 2000 (SG 2000) in Nigeria has been promoting improved agro-processing technologies and techniques in rice, maize and soya production, with the aim of empowering women – particularly those in rural areas.

Through SG 2000 interventions, several agri-business enterprises
were established, and women’s agro-processing cooperatives currently operate in Adamawa, Kano, Gombe, and Jigawa States. Several techn...Read more

Christiana Jeron Buba of the Lop Ape farmers’ group

Lop Ape: A farmers’ group for the love of one another

August.1.2018 / Nigeria

Christiana Jeron Buba is from the Pokwangli II town, situated in the Tungo District of the Kaltungo Local Government Area of Gombe State, Nigeria. She is an active member of the Lop Ape farmers’cooperative group. ‘Lop Ape’, in the local parlance of Hausa, means“a farmers’ group for the love of one another”. The group has a membership of 20 people, 15 of whom are women. They mainly cultivate maize, as well as cowpea and rice.

Christiana said that, thanks to Sasakawa Global 2000 Nigeria’s(SG 20...Read more

Nana Sylla of Kalake Marka, external relations secretary at the Yiriwa Djè Union

“Those who see us want to be our partners”

July.30.2018 / Mali

The Yiriwa Djè Union of Tingoni, located in the Baraoueli Cerclearea of the Ségou Region, Mali, is made up of 17 cooperatives with a membership of 1,068 people, including 370 women and 698 men. Its holistic approach is based on the crop value chain, which runs from production to the demonstration of new technologies, to marketing through group sales and favourable market research.

The creation of the Union was the result of the support offered by SG 2000 Mali through its Village Development C...Read more

“What we mainly seek right now is more capacity building, to transfer skills to our members,” said Bekele Tesfaye.

Unity and Hard Work Does Pay Off: The Andinet Primary Cooperative

June.23.2018 / Ethiopia

The Andinet Primary Cooperative can be found in the Debre Libanos woreda of the Dire Jibo kebele, North Shewa zone, in the Oromia region of Ethiopia.It was first established in 1977, although it wasn’t until 2004 that a new organisational structure brought renewed vigour and focus to the group. What started as a modest collective of 51 people now has a membership of 854, including 650 men and 204 women, and a working capital of 750,000ETB, under the guidance of the Sasakawa Africa Association.
...Read more

Katamba in his agro-input shop

Increasing Youth Participation in Agriculture: Katamba’s story

June.1.2018 / Uganda

29 year-old Katamba is a farmer from Bulera sub-county, Mityana
district, in the Central Region of Uganda. He is married with three children. He started working with SG 2000 Uganda in 2015, as
a host farmer under the Nabumbugu Youth Development Group,
made up of 30 members (15 men and 15 women). He was motivated to join the group in 2014 after being impressed by the outputs from a maize demonstration.

In the same year that he joined the group, he was selected to host a maize demonstration ...Read more

Dr. Sangaré, explaining to the Minister Commissioner for Food Security of Mali, Mr. Oumar Ibrahima Toure, about offers by producers supported by SG2000 Mali

The 12th National Cereal Stock Exchange Fair

May.5.2018 / Mali

The City of “Balanzans”, known as Ségou, hosted the National Cereal Stock Exchange Fair from 10-11 February, 2018. The event was chaired by the Minister Commissioner for Food Security of Mali,Mr. Oumar Ibrahima Toure. The Sasakawa Africa Association, as a founding member and the Ministry’s partner organization, mobilized 10 Farmers’ Organizations through Production, Postharvest and Trade Centers (PHTC) for participation.

Since its inception in 2006, on the initiative of the President of the P...Read more

BUK’s BSc Agricultural Extension students

“When knowledge empowers you, challenges are not problems.”

April.4.2018 / Nigeria

The Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE) is a sister organisation of SAA, with a focus on providing academic qualifications to mid-career extension agents. So far, SAFE has graduated nearly 6,000 students across a network of 24 universities and colleges in nine African countries. The first SAFE program in Nigeria was launched in 2002 at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) in Zaria. The purpose of the SAFE program in Nigeria is to contribute towards the agricultural development efforts o...Read more

“ Blind but able!” This is Maico Kaiondo, according to his own words.

Maico Kaiondo, disability is not inability

April.4.2018 / Uganda

Chivuvu savings and credit group is a social fund group located in the Mityana District of the Central Region of Uganda. Maico Kaiondo, who is blind, is the chairperson of the group. He is a respected member of the community, model farmer, and trader in Chivuvu village. He has his farm, goat yard, piggery, chicken and other poultry, and a small eucalyptus forest.

“The social fund group has 20 members. We have the committee that leads the group and I am the chairperson. All these people have a...Read more

Fily Diarra, Chair of the Loudjouraton Group of Molodo (right), a Farmer Organisation supported by SAFE

“We are productive!” – The Loudjouraton Group of Molodo

April.4.2018 / Mali

Molodo is a village and seat of the commune of Kala Siguida in the Ségou Region of southern-central Mali. The Loudjouraton group of Molodo is a Farmer Organization (FO) of persons with special needs. The organization was established in 2015 by 11 members, and had grown to 32 in 2017; including four women and six children. The group produces rice, onions and shallots. The members work under the supervision of SAFE, the Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education, with whom the FO has been able t...Read more

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