We 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:
Improving food security and healthy diets by enhancing the availability, affordability, accessibility, acceptability, and attractiveness of nutritious food, and by reducing food waste.
Achieving sustainable agri-food production by contributing to the sustainable use of natural resources, increasing climate-resilient production, and reducing food losses in production.
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.
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.
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.
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.