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...

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...

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...

Nana Sylla of Kalake Marka, external relations secretary at the Yiriwa Djè Union
Mali
July.30.2018

“Those who see us want to be our partners”

The Yiriwa Djè Union of Tingoni, located in the Baraoueli Cerclearea of the Ségou Region, Mali, is made up of 17 cooperatives with a membership of 1,068 people, including 370 women and 698 men. Its holistic approach is based on the crop value chain, which runs from production to the demonstration of new technologies, to marketing through group sales and favourable market research.

The creation of the Union was the result of the support offered by SG 2000 Mali through its Village Development C...

“What we mainly seek right now is more capacity building, to transfer skills to our members,” said Bekele Tesfaye.
Ethiopia
June.23.2018

Unity and Hard Work Does Pay Off: The Andinet Primary Cooperative

The Andinet Primary Cooperative can be found in the Debre Libanos woreda of the Dire Jibo kebele, North Shewa zone, in the Oromia region of Ethiopia.It was first established in 1977, although it wasn’t until 2004 that a new organisational structure brought renewed vigour and focus to the group. What started as a modest collective of 51 people now has a membership of 854, including 650 men and 204 women, and a working capital of 750,000ETB, under the guidance of the Sasakawa Africa Association.
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Katamba in his agro-input shop
Uganda
June.1.2018

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
Mali
May.5.2018

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.
Uganda
April.4.2018

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...

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