Southern Alliance For Indigenous Resources

We improve rural livelihoods and resilience through the commercialisation and management of natural resources.

Established in 1994, Southern Alliance for Indigenous Resources (SAFIRE) is a regional non governmental organisation whose main focus is to improve rural livelihoods and resilience through the sustainable utilisation, commercialisation and management of natural resources.

SAFIRE promotes initiatives that enable rural communities to achieve food security, cope and adapt to the adverse effects of disasters such as climate change induced droughts, floods and the changing patterns of rainfall and other weather conditions. This is realised through community-led projects on the utilisation and commercialisation of natural resources, conservation farming and integrated pest management, rehabilitation of old irrigation schemes in drought prone areas of the country and linking the farmers and producers to the market for crops and natural products.

Our approach promotes full participation and involvement of rural communities that we work with in the identification of problems and designing appropriate solutions, building on their local knowledge, practices and strategic partnerships.

The values that underpin our work are Integrity, Participation, Accountability and Transparency, Innovation, High Quality Service, Team work, Fairness and Professionalism.


Rural communities with resilient livelihoods in a sustainably managed environment.


To facilitate the development and application of innovative approaches to improve rural livelihoods, resilience and sustainable natural resources management.

Our Niche In Development

Over the years, SAFIRE has become one of the few environmental and development NGOs with a proven track record in effectively using participatory approaches to help communities manage and meaningfully benefit from their natural resources. We have researched into and supported the development and marketing of local natural products such as herbal teas, traditional remedies, fruit pulp, essential oils and indigenous fruit beverages for the benefit of rural communities. Some of the successfully developed products that are on the market are marula oil and jelly, baobab pulp, oil and jam, makoni tea, resurrection tea, honey, dried vegetables and Jatropha soap. These products are produced by community based enterprises in partnership with the private sector.


Our Work

We believe our work speaks for itself. Browse our most recent projects below.



International Non Governmental Organisations (INGOs)

  • CARE International
  • World Vision
  • Stichting Nederlandse Vrijwilligers (SNV)
  • Terre Des Homme (TDH)
  • International Land Coalition (ILC)
  • German Agro Action (GAA)
  • Cesvi

UN Agencies

  • Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Funding Agencies (Current)

  • Global Environment Facility (GEF)
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • European Commission
  • Liechtensteinischer Entwicklungs Dienst (LED)
  • International Labour Organisation (ILO)

Former Funding Agencies and Partners

  • BMZ
  • Ford Foundation
  • Bread for the World
  • Canadian Hunger Foundation (CHF)
  • Embassy of the Netherlands
  • Department For International Development (DFID)
  • French Embassy
  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
  • Kellogg Foundation
  • Keepers Zambia Foundation
  • Computer Aid International
  • Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich, UK
  • CARE Zambia

Local Partners

  • Practical Action (PA)
  • Environment Africa (EA)
  • Farm Orphan Support Trust (FOST)
  • Centre for Applied Social Sciences (CASS)
  • Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA)
  • ENDA Zimbabwe
  • CAMPFIRE Association
  • Institute of Environmental Studies
  • Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) Forum
  • Action Magazine
  • Bio-Hub Trust
  • Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe (CBZ)
  • National Association of Non Governmental Organisations (NANGO)
  • National Food and Nutrition Council
  • Sustainable Tourism Enterprises Promotion (STEP) Zimbabwe
  • National Genetic Resources Council

Zimbabwean Ministries and Departments

1. Ministry Of Environment, Water and Climate

  • Forestry Commission
  • Environmental Management Agency (EMA)
  • Parks and Wildlife Authority
  • Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA)

2. Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises

3. Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development

4. Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education

  • University of Zimbabwe

5. Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development

6. Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing

Rural District Councils (RDCs) we are currently working with

  • Buhera RDC
  • Chimanimani RDC
  • Chipinge RDC
  • Bikita RDC
  • Chivi RDC
  • Zaka RDC
  • Mwenezi RDC
  • Chiredzi RDC
  • Hwange RDC
  • Lupane RDC
  • Matobo RDC
  • Mutasa RDC
  • Beitbridge RDC

RDCs we have worked with in the past

  • Mberengwa RDC
  • Nyanga RDC
  • Muzarabani RDC
  • Rushinga RDC
  • Mbire RDC
  • Mutare RDC
  • Hurungwe RDC
  • Gokwe North RDC
  • Gokwe South RDC
  • Gwanda RDC

Private Organisations and Trade Associations

  • Speciality Foods of Africa
  • Phytotrade Africa
  • Renox Zimbabwe

Contact Us

Southern Alliance For Indigenous Resources