SAA has developed an "e-extension platform" which aims to close the information gap between smallholder farmers and their stakeholders along the agricultural value chain by utilizing ICT (Information and Communication Technology).
One way in which SAA achieves this is by collaborating with research and extension systems, and venture companies in each country to evaluate, improve, or develop, validate and adapt agricultural E-Extension applications. In Ethiopia, for example, if a farmer is worried about how to deal with pests and crop diseases they can communicate this to an extension worker and seek advice via a dedicated application. In Uganda, an application has been developed which facilitates the purchase of seeds and fertilizer, and also allows users to check the market price of agricultural products. In Nigeria, SAA is working with partners to scale up a use-case gender-responsive digital agricultural advisory service that helps extension agents and farmers integrate fertilizer recommendations with relevant agronomic advisories while also expanding extension outreach.
The use of ICT is also promoted within the SAFE program. At the Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia and the University of Segou in Mali, resources such as computers and webcams have been provided to establish an e-learning platform and applications such as the online conference tool. Such measures enable agricultural extension workers to remotely participate in university courses online.
A CAT that uses Ezy Agric application to buy and sell inputs posing by his agro input shop, Uganda
Advisory Apps. in Amharic language (Ethiopia)
Voices from the Fields
Harvest 2050 Blog publishes article on e-Extension Platform of SAA
A summary of the report "Towards Building Africa's First "e-Extension Platform" for Smallholder Farmers" by Ryoya Tasai, Junior Program Officer in the Sasakawa Africa Association, was published in the Harvest 2050 Blog on the Global Agriculture Productivity's website. For more information, please visit the following link.
SAA launches effective digital platforms to provide agricultural extension and advisory services to smallholder farmers in Ethiopia
SAA COVID-19 Newsletter has been published. This edition is written about the situation in Ethiopia.
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.
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...
SAA history book "Walking with the Farmer"
Electronic version of SAA history book, "Walking with the Farmer"is available here.