Katamba in his agro-input shop

Increasing Youth Participation in Agriculture: Katamba’s story

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 Tec...

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

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...

Before and after: Tonny and wife standing in front of their old house (left), and the new house (right) they have been able to build thanks to the Sasakawa Africa Association.

TONNY OYER: A story of success with the Sasakawa Africa Association

Tonny Oyer is a 39 year old resident of Awila Parish, Akokoro Sub County in Apac district, Uganda. He is married and has four children. His father passed away early in his life, and his mother some years later, leaving him with the responsibility to take care of his six siblings.

In 2005, he dropped out of secondary school to obtain a certificate in woodwork and carpentry. After completing the course he opened a workshop, but was unable to make enough money to support his family. He decided t...

The now beaming household, Hellen with her two youngest kids

From ‘hopeless widow’ to a household full of joy: the story of Hellen Epuruge

Nyarakoti Farmer Field School 1 is situated in Asinge C, Nyarakoti parish, in the Usukuru sub county of Tororo District. It consists of 30 members, 18 of whom are women. Its enterprises include 6 acres of rice production, 4 acres of groundnuts and 8 acres of maize. Formed in 2012 and fully registered, it initially received Ugandan Shilling (USh.) 10,000,000 from SAA in Uganda under the Farmer Based Organizations (FBOs) project, which was invested in ‘farming as a business’ and paid back in one y...

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

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

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...

BUK’s BSc Agricultural Extension students

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

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...

Abdullahi Kau at his Model Adoption Plot in Tudun Wada, Kano State, Nigeria

“Let your motto ‘Take it to the Farmer’ reach all Tudun Wada”, says Abdullahi Kau

Abdullahi Kau is a farmer and maize grower living in the Tudun Wada Local Government Area of Kano State, Nigeria. He is very happy with how SG-2000 Nigeria trained him, which has resulted in him being happy to conduct agriculture as a business. Abdullahi owns a one hectare farm. He farms both for demonstration, as his is a Model Adoption Plot (MAP), and commercial purposes. “Sasakawa first trained me on how to plant, and how to apply fertilizer. Next, they taught me how to tell when my produce i...

Members of Tudun Wada Maize Actors Platform at the Association’s new offi ce

“We realized crop failure is farmers’ failure”

This is the Maize Multi Actor Value-chain Platform and Disability Intervention in Tudun Wada, Kano state, Nigeria. The project is supported by SAA Nigeria’s Farmer Based Organizations (FBOs) program. Muhammmad Yaro is a maize Commodity Association Trainer (C.A.T.). He explained: “We have been organized in this maize commodity value-chain organization since January 27, 2014. I am training farmer groups specializing in the maize value chain, which is functioning well. Last year’s harvest produced ...

Fatoumata Sangaré, Finance Secretary of the Rice Platform of Women Group of Niéna

“Today we are able to produce high quality rice” Fatoumata Sangarés

The Rice Platform of Women Group of Niéna is situated in the rural commune of Niéna, cercle of Sikasso, in Sikasso region. The platform was formed in 2014 and currently comprises 11 villages and 556 members. The main activities of the Platform are upland and lowland rice production, parboiling, storage and marketing of rice.

Fatoumata Sangaré is the Platform’s Secretary of Finance. According to Fatoumata, “Our platform is composed of 14 women groups and Sasakawa is involved in various ways i...

Seydou Sidibé talking to the national broadcaster, ORTM Mali TV

“Development is a chain” Seydou Sidibé

Seydou Sidibé is a community based facilitator (CBF) at a Farmer Learning Platform (FLP) and inputs shop in Boidié, a rural commune in the Cercle of Barouéli in the Ségou Region of southern-central Mali. Sidibé said:

“I am the intermediary and facilitator between the Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) in Mali and the village community. SAA is very important in Boidié because of the volume of work they do here. When SAA came in, they showed us the benefits of micro dosing fertilizer technology...

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