SAA learned how to develop digital training materials though 4-day training workshop with partner institutions
Uganda
February.18.2021

Development of digital training materials for DINU Project in Uganda

Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) is implementing the Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU project) which is funded by European Union, under the trust from Ugandan National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) partnering with other institutions such as universities, NGOs and agricultural research institutes. Recently, SAA participated in a 4-day training workshop to develop digital training materials for farmers and extension agents with partner organizations.

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Market research in the Gwagwalada market
Nigeria
February.9.2021

Conducted baseline survey and training of trainers for SHEP in Nigeria

Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on August 28, 2019, during the TICAD7 session. As part of this collaboration, since October 2020, SAA has been conducting baseline surveys and trainings of trainers to promote Smallholder Horticulture Empowerment & Promotion (SHEP) approach, which has been developed by JICA.

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JICA Project on the Promotion of Market-oriented Agricultural Extension Sys...

Mali
January.25.2021

SAA launches pilot project focusing on e-Extension and e-Learning services to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 in Mali

SAA COVID-19 newsletter has been published. This edition is written about the situation in Mali.

As of 20 January, Mali has recorded 7,880 positive cases of COVID-19 and registered 317 deaths. In mid-April this year, the Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) conducted a rapid assessment to identify the impact of COVID-19 across its focus countries, including Mali. The study found that smallholder farmers reported disruption to the provision of agricultural extension and advisory services, which r...

Nigeria
December.23.2020

Nigeria mitigates the effects of COVID-19 using creative and interactive platforms

SAA COVID-19 newsletter has been published. This edition is written about the situation in Nigeria.

As of 21 December, Nigeria has recorded 78,434 positive cases of COVID-19 and registered 1,221 deaths. In mid-April this year, the Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) conducted a rapid assessment to identify the impact of COVID-19 across its focus countries in Ethiopia, Mali, Nigeria and Uganda. The study highlighted key challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak and put forward recommendations to...

Grace Yohana is a community based facilitator. She supplies seeds and provides advisory services to smallholder farmers
Nigeria
December.7.2020

The story of Grace Yohana, and how she is committed to widening access to quality seeds

Access to quality seeds has been a critical challenge for smallholder farmers in the Mararaba Rido Local Government Area of Nigeria, where Grace Yohana lives. As a way of addressing this issue, Grace trained as a community based facilitator (CBF) to provide value chain extension services focusing on maize, rice and soybean. Upon completion of her training, Grace decided to go further by sharing her knowledge and skills with the wider farming community using platforms provided by SAA Nigeria and ...

Steven in his maize field
Uganda
August.19.2020

“I am grateful to SAA for empowering me to become a youth entrepreneur”

Steven Sseruma is a 27-year-old smallholder farmer, engaged in service provision, from the Nakaseke District of Uganda. Owing to training administered by SG 2000 Uganda, Steven was selected as a community-based facilitator in 2018, and was tasked with training farmers in his community on how to improve their farming methods. Through the private service provision extension model, SAA supports the capacity-building and development of youth farmers along the agricultural value chain, which covers C...

Furi Hirpo showcases one of his multi-crop threshers to a group of smallholder farmers in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia
Ethiopia
May.29.2020

From Bankruptcy to a Lucrative Business

Having gone bankrupt in his previous business, Furi Hirpo, a smallholder farmer and father of three, decided to follow his brother’s footsteps and turn to service provision. With an initial investment of 10,000 Birr ($340), Furi adopted a multi-crop thresher, promoted by SAA-SG 2000 Ethiopia, to use in Shashemene, in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia, and the surrounding communities.

SG 2000 Ethiopia regularly conducts demonstrations of different machineries through the Postharvest Handling and...

Kiné Sogoba stands in her groundnut field in Dacoumani, Mali
Mali
February.26.2020

“ Because of the effects of climate change, all our old varieties are abandoned”

The village of Dacoumani in Mali, like all villages in the Sahel, has had to endure the drastic effects of climate change. Notably, Dacoumani has experienced the gradual disappearance of local genotypes and decline in crop yield due to unpredictable rainfall patterns. In order to address this issue, SAA’s office in Mali – SG 2000 Mali – implemented a Climate Smart Village (CSV) extension model in 2018, as part of the Crop Productivity Enhancement (CPE) theme. The model is implemented at the Post...

Janet Ushie, a member of the Rebuild Nigeria Multipurpose Cooperative Society.
Nigeria
January.31.2020

“Our hard work paid off” – The multipurpose cooperative society reaping the benefits of SAA training

The Rebuild Nigeria Multipurpose Cooperative Society is located in the Cross River State of Nigeria, and comprises 30 members. Despite Cross River State being one of the highest rice producing states in Nigeria, the local variety available in the market is limited. In 2019, SAA’s office in Nigeria – Sasakawa Global 2000 Nigeria (SG 2000 Nigeria) – was introduced to the cooperative through the Extension Agent of the Bekwara Local Government, as part of the Cross River Agricultural Development Pro...

Uganda
January.8.2020

“I present my heartfelt thanks to SG 2000 Uganda” – The Ugandan farmers’ group benefitting from SAA initiatives

The Bulamu Tweweyo Farmers’ group was recently selected to participate in the Vegetable Oil Development Project (VODP), launched in 2016 by Sasakawa Global (SG) 2000 Uganda, in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. The project aims to alleviate poverty among rural communities by increasing production of vegetable oils, primarily soybean and sunflower oil, through the introduction of new technol...

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