Alum Scovia sorting groundnuts for shelling

A Journey from Struggle to Triumph Through Cooperative Empowerment: The Story of Alum Scovia

Alum Scovia, a 42-year-old single parent from Kole district, faced numerous challenges after the tragic loss of her husband in 2019. With limited resources, she struggled to provide for her family. However, her life took a turn when she joined the Bala Women and Youth Cooperative, a part of the OSCA initiative led by the Sasakawa Africa Association through funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

Member of Kihanda Tukorenyentya Group learning about Nutrition-sensitive Agriculture (NSA)

Empowering Change: The Story of Kihanda Tukorenyentya Group

In the heart of Uganda, where fertile fields stretch as far as the eye can see, the women of Kihanda Central in Mbaare Sub-county are nurturing more than just crops—they are cultivating hope, resilience, and transformation. This is the story of the Kihanda Tukorenyentya Group, a women-led initiative that has blossomed against all odds, bringing profound change to their community.

Aisha using Ezyagric to order agricultural inputs online for a farmer

Revolutionizing Farming: Digital Transformation in Kansambya Parish with Ezyagric Mobile App

Aisha Nakibule, a 44-year-old mother of ten, exemplifies the struggles of smallholder farmers in Uganda. Facing poor soil quality and low productivity, she was among the 80% of Uganda's population reliant on agriculture for their livelihoods. The Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) with the fund from the Nippon Foundation addressed these challenges by introducing Ezyagric, a digital platform that simplifies access to agricultural inputs.

Mr. Sserwada Saidi in his flourishing maize garden

Transforming Lives Through Sustainable Agriculture: Sserwada’s Journey with SAA

Sserwada Saidi, a farmer in Uganda, underwent a remarkable transformation in his agricultural practices with the support of the Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) funded by the Nippon Foundation.


Farmers Report Positive Results Using Vermiwash to Control Pests and Diseases

Farmers in the Kokit and Taguba Meskel kebeles of Ethiopia’s Meket District are eager to continue using vermiwash, a bio-pesticide, soil fertilizer and plant growth promoter, following evidenced success in the control of diseases and pests, and enhanced output in wheat production. 

A young man running an agro-dealer with support from SAA

Agro-Dealership Program Boosts Job Prospects for Ethiopian Youth

Youth in the Negele Arsi, Ana Sora, Meket, Angacha, and Kewet Districts of Ethiopia are witnessing a remarkable transformation in their livelihoods thanks to a vision-driven partnership that saw over USD62,000 invested in six agro-dealer groups in just over three years.

An extension agent talking with a farmer with a smartphone in hand

Farmer Advisory Services Boosted by SAA’s ‘Ma’ed’ App

Thirty-two-year-old frontline Extension Agent (EA) Eyob Mengesha has over the last two years transformed his capacity to deliver agricultural advisory services on the go, thanks to his proficiency with the Ma’ed Farm Suite (MFS).


Short Movie: SAA Nigeria Organized Mini Field Day in Nasarawa State

SAA Nigeria interviewed the rice farmer in Nasarawa State on Mini Field Day.

Some of the participants analyzing charts after the CSIA training in Kole District

Empowering Rural Communities Through Financial Training

Access to financial services is a decisive factor in eliminating poverty, generating local development, and improving the adoption of SAA technologies.


Documentary of the Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE) in Uganda

The Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE) is a transformative initiative established in 1991 by the Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) to address the challenges faced by mid-career extension staff in sub-Saharan Africa.

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SAA history book
"Walking with the Farmer: The journey of the Sasakawa Africa Assoication since 1986"

This book chronicles the history of SAA from its inception to the present.

Success stories
Voices from the Field Special Edition 2022

This is a special edition of the "Voices from the Field" articles.