Sustainability Pathways

Examples of SAFA Applications

May 2016 review of 700 registered SAFA users
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May 2017 review of SAFA users in 104 countries


  • The German Bundestag project called "Sustainability Assessment of Farming Systems - Challenges and Perspectives" is being analyzed through the SAFA length, with a view to shaping future agricultural, environmental and research policies. Studies have been commissioned in June 2017 and the final expert report is expected to be released in 2018.  Background information is available through the TAB page.
  • Decision 102 of European Parliament (2015/2140(INI)) "Calls on the Commission to develop progressively the EU competition framework to include in the monitoring of the food supply chain in Europe the Sustainability Assessment of the Food and Agriculture systems (SAFA) indicators of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), including indicators under the headings of Fair Pricing and Transparent Contracts (S.2.1.1) and Right of Suppliers (S.2.2.1)



  • SAFA has been included in the International Trade Centre’ Standards Map, an online platform that explores and compares over 210 sustainability standards, codes of conduct and protocols addressing sustainability hotspots in global supply chains. The Standards Map allows personalized business’ roadmap for sustainable trade.


SAFA-inspired tools tailored to specific purposes include:

  • Business claims: Sustainability Assessments in the Food and Agriculture Sector (SMART) was launched by the Sustainable Food Systems Society GmbH in October 2013. SMART-Farm-TOOL provides quick farm screening that is peer reviewed (following ISO 14040) by FiBL experts for communication of food companies with business partners.
  • Capacity-building: Self-evaluation and Holistic Assessment of climate Resilience of farmers and Pastoralists SHARP (APP / GUIDELINES) is developing since early 2014 within FAO Farmers-Field-Schools (FFS) for smallholders in Africa, for use by FFS facilitators to raise awareness of climate change, guide community actions to develop resilience, and inform policy makers about the local needs of communities.


Some Guidelines were inspired by SAFA for their development, such as:

  • Friends of the Earth certification (2014):Friend of the Earth is an international and multiproduct certification programme for products from sustainable agriculture and farming. Friends of the Earth standard is based on SAFA Guidelines and certified products include coffee, oils, rice, tomato, quinoa and dairy products in all continents.
  • Sustainability in Cotton Farming Systems (2015): Cotton reports provides an overview of sustainability issues and recommends a set of indicators to assess and measure progress in addressing the critical sustainability issues for cotton farming.