Engr. (Mrs.) Leony Halos-Kim SAA Postharvest Handling and Agro-processing Director also received booth visitors and explained about Multi Crop Thresher Prototype
October.21.2019

SAA shines in the 2nd all Africa Postharvest Congress and Exhibition

The African Union Commission (AUC) hosted one of Africa’s biggest postharvest event from September 17th to 20th 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) successfully conducted a symposium titled “Accelerating the Adoption of Improved Postharvest & Agro-processing Practices in Africa”. In addition to the symposium, SAA setup an exhibition booth at the venue of the event and participated in different plenary sessions.


◆SAA’s featured Postharvest Handling and Ag...

September.30.2019

Interview Series 1: Ryoji Inaba, a former JICA volunteer to Uganda now engaging in farming in Japan

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...

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
September.18.2019

SAA’s flag bearers stood-out in AGRF

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...

September.11.2019

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

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...

​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)
September.2.2019

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

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...

Participants of the Youth Business Clinic organized by SAA with their awards and certificates, Uganda
August.14.2019

Youth Business Clinic 2018: SAA supporting youth entrepreneurship in Uganda

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 ...

July.16.2019

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

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...

Professor Ruth Oniang’o, Chair of SAA board received the honorary doctorate degree on behalf of Ryoichi Sasakawa
October.22.2018

Makerere University honors Late Ryoichi Sasakawa

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...

Dr Mel Oluoch, new Regional Director
October.17.2018

Sasakawa Africa Association welcomes new Regional Director

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...

September.10.2018

SAA Appoints New Country Director for Ethiopia

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...

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