Resilient agri-food systems

Our goal through our work across the agri-food sector is to support the equitable transition to a sustainable and resilient agri-food system.

The agri-food system is at the heart of a complex challenge: how to provide healthy and sustainable diets to a growing global population. Today, nearly 830 million people go to bed hungry, while small farmers, herders, and fishermen - who produce 70% of the world's food - face poverty and food insecurity. Our agri-food systems face severe environmental and socio-economic challenges, including climate change, biodiversity loss, social conflict and economic downturns that are exacerbating pressures and affecting the most vulnerable livelihoods.

At SNV, we believe that the only way to tackle these challenges is to transform our agri-food systems. Our work in the sector is driven by a commitment to building sustainable, equitable, and resilient systems. We have identified three impact goals to achieve this:

  1. Improving food security and healthy diets by enhancing the availability, affordability, accessibility, acceptability, and attractiveness of nutritious food, and by reducing food waste.

  2. Achieving sustainable agri-food production by contributing to the sustainable use of natural resources, increasing climate-resilient production, and reducing food losses in production.

  3. Increasing economic participation and social inclusion by building resilient livelihoods with improved incomes and dignity.

    In line with Sustainable Development Goal 2, we leverage our deep knowledge of local agri-food systems to deliver on these goals. Our goal is to support the equitable transition to a sustainable and resilient agri-food system that delivers food security and adequate nutrition for people in all their diversity in such a way that the economic, social, and environmental bases are safeguarded for future generations. To do this, our work is organised around four approaches, and through them, we help communities to build sustainable, equitable, and resilient agri-food systems that meet their needs today and in the future.

Our framework approaches

Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship

We support young people to unlock their potential and build sustainable careers by connecting them with the right skills, networks, and opportunities for employment and enterprise development.

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Resilient and Productive Landscapes

We support transforming agriculture and livestock systems to achieve food security, healthy diets, landscape management and restoration, economic participation, and social inclusion.

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Inclusive Markets and Impact Investment

We support inclusive market development and investment in climate smart and nutrition sensitive products and services for vulnerable communities and the transformation of policies and practices to overcome systemic barriers.

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Healthy Diets and Sustainable Consumption

We improve the diets and consumption of low-income and marginalised communities by creating healthier food environments and promoting nutritious foods through capacity building and nutrition-sensitive interventions in sustainable agri-food value chains.

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Agri-food news and stories

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SNV supports farmers and extension agents in sustainable agriculture and climate change adaptation

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Using satellite data and digital services to transform agri-food systems in Burkina Faso

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DFCD to support cocoa sector in Nigeria

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Meet our agri-food team

Annemieke Beekmans

Annemieke Beekmans

Global Sector Head Agri-Food
Catherine Le Come

Catherine Le Come

Deputy Global Sector Head Agri-Food
Monique Beun

Monique Beun

Global Lead - Nutrition
Eelco Baan

Eelco Baan

Global Lead - Inclusive Markets and Impact Investments
Harko Koster

Harko Koster

Global Lead - Resilient and Productive Landscapes
Jean Muthamia-Mwenda

Jean Muthamia-Mwenda

Global Lead - Youth Employment
Dara ElMasri

Dara ElMasri

Marketing & Communication Officer

Want to collaborate with us?

Contact our global agri-food team to collaborate and learn more about activities around the world.