Southern Alliance for Indigenous Resources (SAFIRE)
Mission: To facilitate the development and application of innovative approaches to improve rural livelihoods, resilience, and sustainable natural resources management.
Vision: Rural communities with resilient livelihoods thrive in a sustainably managed environment.
Adoption / Behavior Change, Capacity Building, Climate/Environment, Gender / Womens Empowerment, Humanitarian/Emergency Response, Livelihoods, Marketing, Monitoring and Evaluation, Policy Development, Research
Technologies & Fuels
Biomass (Ag. Residue, Processed Biomass, etc.), Solar, Wood
Clean Cooking Activities
SAFIRE’s mission is to facilitate the development and application of innovative approaches to rural livelihoods, resilience and sustainable natural resources management. We therefore view the use of clean cookstoves as means through which households, especially women, will be able to satisfy their energy requirements using reduced amounts of fuelwood through the utilisation of improved and socially acceptable cookstove technologies. SAFIRE is also interested in the benefits that accrue to the environment because the households will be collecting less fuelwood from the woodlands and forests. The use of clean cookstoves is therefore a tool to achieve broader environmental benefits of reducing the pressure on the environment brought about by unsustainable collection of fuelwood from the woodlands and forests.
Drawing experiences from its predecessor organisation, The Fuelwood Crisis Consortium (FCC), which promoted clean cook stoves in refugee and internally displaced people. The first Mozambican refugees arrived in Zimbabwe in 1984 and were in camps located in well-wooded areas. However the refuge populations grew exponentially from 60 000 in 1984 to 150 000 in 1991.
SAFIRE programmes always encounter situations that require the use of energy-efficient clean cookstoves. For example, SAFIRE has just completed implementing the Environmental Protection Programme with CARE International in Zimbabwe in which the clean cookstoves were promoted to conserve the environment. SAFIRE is currently promoting a fuelwood-saving cookstove as part of a programme establishing Climate Smart Villages in Buhera District, Zimbabwe.
The proposed programme will promote wood-saving clean cookstoves in internally displaced households in the Mwenezi District, Zimbabwe. These are families that were living in the Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam basin which filled up in 2014. The clean cookstoves will conserve fuelwood and avert the tragedy that befell the refugee camps.
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49 East court Road, Belvedere
Primary Point of Contact
Name: Mr. Patson Makwiramiti
Title: Team Leader, Natural Resources
Secondary Point of Contact
Name: Mr. Gladman Kundhlande
Phone: +263-4-740385/90Request an Edit to This Profile