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The key to sustainable development and resource conservation is promoting socially-adaptive programmes that are responsive to people's and communities' aspirations, values and cultures. 


This is what we at Sustainable Agroforestry Initiative (SAFI)  stand for. We facilitate socioeconomic and cultural well-being of communities  and support natural resource  conservation.


Sacred site serving as headwater to river that provide potable water to local communities

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Monkeys and humans living happily and interacting in community protected forest. The only remnant forest in the area.

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This ancient forest is about 300 years old and serves as a place for spiritual empowerment and renewal for the community

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Sacred site serving as headwater to river that provide potable water to local communities

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Our Philosophy

A conservation programme that incorporates socio-cultural, economic and ecological aspirations of  communities will not only conserve resources in perpetuity but will also improve rural economy and contribute to all-inclusive governance.


We at SAFI work with the following philosophy:


Economics: When natural resources have value and communities are supported they will manage the resources sustainably to improve livelihoods.

Conservation: Sustainable management of ecosystems will conserve biodiversity 

Political: The involvement of local people in  conservation programmes strengthens democratisation at the local level and that contributes to all-inclusive governance.

Socio-cultural: Conservation promotes social coherence and strengthens communities and their cultural well-being.


Our Vision

We envisioned strong, self sufficient communities in healthy and productive ecosystems.


We work towards this vision by exchanging knowledge, promoting creativity and innovations and actively engaging our partners.


Our Mission

We  work collaboratively  with communities,  institutions as well as local and national governments to promote conservation and development.



SAFI is working with the Global Environment Facility, Small Grants Programme Ghana's Office to inventory biological resources and map traditionally protected forests and sacred sites in Ghana.  An aspect of the project is documenting medicinal plants as well traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) that has been used for the conservation of their resources. The project is expected to develop a national GIS database for traditionally protected forests and sacred sites in Ghana for sustainable development and conservation purposes.


Forest without Borders (FwB) is partnering with one of the participating communities (Traa Community) to restore and conserve the community's forest.


Rufford Small Grants is providing support to three selected communities to inventory medicinal plants and conserve the biological resources in their forests.

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