Every person suffering from hunger is one too many

We recently spoke with Gerda Verburg, Coordinator of Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN), about what action is needed to end malnutrition in all its forms.

Smart development works

At SNV we believe that no-one should have to live in poverty. We are dedicated to a society in which all people, irrespective of race, class or gender, enjoy the freedom to pursue their own sustainable development. We focus on increasing people's income and employment opportunities in specific productive sectors such as agriculture, as well as improving their access to basic services including water, sanitation and hygiene, and energy.

SNV supports people to access and develop the capabilities, services and opportunities needed to live a healthy, productive and otherwise fulfilling life, while sustainably using the natural resources they depend on. Unlike many other development actors, SNV does not offer funding, but specialises in supporting the resourcefulness of development actors. SNV works with governments, local development partners, businesses, knowledge institutes and low-income communities, so that together we can transform ideas into policy, policy into action, and action into results.

In 2015, SNV improved the lives of over 8.2 million people, and from 2016 to 2018 we will improve the quality of life for over 20 million. 

SNV uses its technical knowledge, 50 plus years of experience, passionate staff, extensive local presence and global footprint, to make a lasting difference in people’s lives.


By sharing their specialist expertise in Agriculture, Energy and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, our team of over 1,000 professionals from different nationalities works to solve some of the most urgent development challenges facing the world today. By focusing on three key roles, in combination with our local presence, we guarantee maximum effectiveness, scale and sustainability of our work.





“SNV gave us the know-how. No matter what happens, that will stay with us.“ Carlos Segundo, Mozambique


We improved the lives of
people from 2012 to 2014
We spent
€ 115
in support of fighting poverty
We provided
advisory days
We work in
SNV has been building local capacity for
We employ over
34% of which is female
the majority of
our staff in the field is local
different donors
consider SNV a solid partner and fund our work

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