About the SAFE project

The Sustainable Agriculture for Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) project is dedicated to the preservation of forests through the promotion of sustainable agri-food systems. SAFE operates in ten countries – Brazil, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ecuador, Indonesia, Peru, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia – supporting the transition to deforestation-free, sustainable, and legal value chains, with Burundi, Cameroon, Peru and Uganda recently added to the implementation countries.The project enhances technical knowledge, builds capacity, expands traceability systems, and fosters partnerships at local, national, and regional levels.
SAFE aligns with the EU Regulation on Deforestation-free Products (EUDR) by empowering smallholders, incentivising deforestation reduction, and strengthening local capabilities for sustainable land use and agriculture. It also promotes international knowledge exchange, transparency in value chains, and civil society engagement to support forest preservation and gender-transformative approaches.
The project is co-funded by the European Union (EU), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a duration from January 2022 to March 2028.

The Overarching aim of SAFE

Align value chains with the market demands for sustainable products in accordance with the European Union’s Regulation on Deforestation-free Products (EUDR).

Strengthen stakeholder capacities to adapt to conducive conditions and access financial resources for transitioning towards sustainable and deforestation-free production.

Enhance the capacities of smallholder producers in partner countries to effectively and sustainably manage selected production systems.

Foster cross-national sharing of experiences and knowledge related to value chains in line with the EUDR.


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SAFE is funded by European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) as part of the Fund for the Promotion of Innovation in Agriculture (i4Ag), a project funded by the BMZ.