DR Congo

extending the cassava value chain

Extending the cassava value chain to starch processing

Extending the cassava value chain to starch processing

Because of cassava's versatility it is not just a basic food used in households in DR Congo, but it also has other valuable applications for industrial use. Processing cassava for the production of starch, for instance, would increase access to a global market for small to medium enterprises in DR Congo (DRC), where cassava is extensively grown by poor rural communities. However, in DRC the production of cassava is often inefficient, characterised by poor quality agricultural inputs, poor yields and post-harvest losses.

Improved cookstoves

SNV is one of the founding partners of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public private initiative led by the UN Foundation. Launched in 2010, the Alliance is committed to enabling 100 million households to adopt clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020.

Inspiring working environment

SNV implements initiatives intended to create an inspiring working environment for its staff; to guide and to coach staff in the skills needed to attain SNV's mission. Our key features are trust, inspiration, connection, responsibility and accountability. For over 5 years, SNV DRC has been at the forefront of development, helping to build local capacity and empower families, communities to break the cycle of poverty.

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Analysis is central to our work. We analyse the problems that stand in the way of sustainable growth, and identify both the services required to solve them and new opportunities for growth. Stakeholder research helps us to identify the right partners to work with. We also carry out value chain analyses in the different sectors. Based on our findings, we decide what SNV's role should be in a project.

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Rather than offer training as a standard product, we mentor and coach local development actors. Our advisors pass on their knowledge and experience from different sectors through continual mentoring. Our advice is about organisational change or how to influence the broader environment. At other times, advice is more technical. Together we contribute to poverty alleviation.

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DR Congo

SNV has been actively rendering innovative development solutions in DR Congo, since 2006 . The strategic position and choices for SNV’s work in DR Congo are based upon the Congolese Governments 2020 vision of  Modernisation for Growth as well its Strategy for stabilisation and security for the Country. In the realisation of these goals, SNV has positioned itself strategically in the nexus across three key sectors namely Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and Renewable Energy.  and Agriculture  not only in line with SNV Global strategy, but also in response to the multiple development needs found at local levels. SNV Congo Strategy aims to realise sustainable development results in the following areas:

  • Reducing respiratory illnesses, increasing employment and promoting sustainable access to renewable energy services for households and small rural enterprises;
  • Establishing access to sustainable markets by forging inclusive business arrangements with the private sector which embrace climate smart solutions, for improved incomes for women and men ;
  • Improved access to clean drinking water and increased access to sanitation services especially for girls;
  • Building resilience of rural communities in instability for nutrition and food security and expanding opportunities for youth employment by rebuilding market linkages to the rural economy.

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