Daniel (L) and John working in the green house
Uganda
June.17.2019

“I am proud of being engaged in agriculture”

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 (N...

Diakaridia Ouattara with some sample of maize of his PHTC
Mali
June.6.2019

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

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...

Alhaji Abdu Gana (center), chairman of the Kafin Gana Farmers’ Cooperative.
Nigeria
May.7.2019

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

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...

Tige Gelaw, member of the Alen Tesfa women’s agro-processing cooperative group
Ethiopia
April.5.2019

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

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 ...

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
Mali
March.20.2019

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

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...

Chairperson Otwani Terensio (middle), Hellen Epuruge (far right) and other members of the Nyarakot Group showcasing their machines.
Uganda
February.13.2019

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

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...

Dr Fousseyni Cissé (third from left) and his team of researchers visit a demonstration plot
Mali
December.22.2018

Supporting farmers to produce quality seed

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...

Fatouma Burka with the ‘Model Cooperative’ Certificate of Recognition awarded to the cooperative by the Oromia Regional State of Ethiopia
Ethiopia
November.27.2018

Women at the Forefront of Model Cooperative

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...

Christiana Jeron Buba of the Lop Ape farmers’ group
Nigeria
August.1.2018

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

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...

The Zangon Buhari Rice Milling Enterprise in Bunkure, Kano State.
Nigeria
August.1.2018

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

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