The World Food Prize Foundation

2015 Side Events

A Successful Extension Model with African Smallholder Farmers, hosted by Sasakawa Africa Association

10/14/2015 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Des Moines Marriott, Des Moines Room

Title: A Successful Extension Model with African Smallholder Farmers

Time: 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Date: October 14, 2015


The population in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), is expected to grow from 800 million now to 1.5 billion by 2050, (2014 Africa Agriculture Status Report). Thus, increasing production in Africa, especially by smallholder farmers (SHF), who produce the bulk of continent’s food, is essential for increasing food security and reducing poverty. SSA, however, has to overcome numerous challenges, including, but not limited to increased climate variability (rising temperature, drought, floods, erratic rainfall), while SHF depend on rains to produce; lack of basic inputs coupled with poor infrastructure; dis-functional markets; and rapid population growth. Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) and Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE) have been engaged in the continent for 30 years working with national agricultural extension services to improve the delivery of needed technologies, knowledge and information to smallholder farmers. Join us at the World Food Prize to hear how we have established an effective extension model in 15 African countries, including Ethiopia, Nigeria, Mali and Uganda, where we are currently working.


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