SAA and its SG2000 country programs work in close collaboration with national agricultural extension services across sub-Saharan Africa, improving their operational activities and strengthening the abilities of their front-line staff. SAA’s sister organization – the Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE) – specializes in building the talents and skills of national extension service staff, and manages the SAA Theme 4, Human Resource Development. Thousands of government extension staff in target countries have been assigned by their ministries to participate in and learn from SG 2000 program activities. In addition, governments have contributed significant financial support for field-level operations.

Since 1986, SAA (and SAFE) programs have changed the lives of millions of smallholder farmers. The SAA vision, mission and strategic goals have remained constant over the years, though its organization, operational practices and activities have regularly adapted to changing realities on the ground. The commitment and support of the Nippon Foundation – the main donor to SAA and SAFE – has also remained steady, an unusual and very important fact in the history of agricultural development.

The culture and spirit of SAA is perhaps best encapsulated by the last words of Dr. Borlaug, who passed away in 2009. To his dying day Dr. Borlaug remained vitally interested in what science can do to improve the lives of resource-poor farmers, and when one of his last visitors was describing to him a promising new technology, Dr. Borlaug’s only comment was “Take it to the farmer!”. His admonition reflects the life he led, and defines clearly the enduring ethos of the organization he helped found.

Vision & Mission


SAA envisions a more food-secure rural Africa with increasing numbers of prospering smallholder commercial farmers. Vision, Mission and Strategic Goals of SAA can be found here.


organization profile


SAA is an international non-governmental organization registered in Geneva and its structure is based on a matrix management model, which reflects both its thematic and country-level focus.




The foundation of SAA dates back to the early 1980’s, when a number of African countries were struggling to cope with worsening hunger caused mainly by prolonged drought. SAA’s brief history since its establishment in 1986 until the recent structural change can be found here.


board members


SAA is governed by the Board of Directors, which consists of 11 members and is chaired by Professor Ruth Oniang’o, Professor of Nutrition at the Great Lakes University of Kisumu, Kenya.


senior staff


About 100 staff members of more than 10 nationalities are now working at SAA to improve food security and livelihoods of African farmers. The full listing of SAA staff can be found here.


Feeding the Future

SAA History Book
"Take it to the farmer"

Electronic version of SAA History Book is available here.

success stories

SAA Success Stories

Electronic version of SAA Success Stories is available here.

Feeding the future

Newsletter of the
Sasakawa Africa

Electronic version of Feeding the Future are available here.

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