At SNV, we aim not only to improve individual lives, but to contribute to global challenges in three key areas that strongly impact the poor - food, energy and water.

With this in mind, we focus our world-class expertise, our extensive local presence and networks, and the learning from nearly 50 years of on-the-ground experience in three core sectors: Agriculture, Renewable Energy, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene.


Over 2.6 billion people around the world are directly dependent on Agriculture for their livelihoods. Food demand is expected to increase by 50% over the next 20 years. But the productive potential of many smallholders and pastoralists remains untapped and they are excluded from the potential this demand offers.

In agriculture, SNV works with smallholder farmers, pastoralists and forest-dependent communities to provide innovative, market-based solutions to questions on market access and value chains, food security and sustainable production, thus contributing to equitable economic development. Also, SNV works to provide innovative, market-based solutions to these problems, contributing to equitable economic development and making markets work effectively for the rural poor. 

Renewable Energy

Over 2.7 billion people worldwide lack access to clean, affordable sources of energy. Meanwhile, global energy demand is expected to grow 30 to 50% over the next 20 years, but renewable energy supplies will only cover 20% of global consumption. Greenhouse gas emissions are having an increased impact on livelihoods globally.

At SNV, we know it doesn't have to be this way. We use innovative but proven approaches to connect households and communities to sources of renewable energy, helping power the journey from poverty to prosperity. 

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Sustainable and equitable access to improved water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) precedes all human and economic development. Currently, more than 2.6 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation and over 884 million people do not have access to safe water. A child dies every 20 seconds from diarrhoea caused by unclean water or poor sanitation. It's a crisis - and it's entirely preventable.

SNV works with local partners to ensure that the people who need it most have access to safe drinking water and sanitation services. We build demand for improved water and sanitation at the local level, creating vital change from the ground up. 

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