​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.

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

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 ...


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

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

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...


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...

[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

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...

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

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

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

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...

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