SNV uses its extensive experience in business and market development to drive change in regions most vulnerable to climate change, creating benefits for people living in poverty, businesses and the environment.

The challenge

As public funds are insufficient to respond to the growing climate crisis, there is an urgent need to catalyse private sector expertise, its innovation capacity, and financial leverage.

The opportunity

Applying climate smart agricultural practices reduces risks associated with climate change, lowers greenhouse gas emissions, while increasing productivity and incomes. Currently, most businesses do not fully understand their exposure to climate change or recognise the growing business opportunities in climate action. Support is needed to help companies shift their behaviour and overcome the barriers they face.

Our approach

SNV has worked effectively with over 300 companies in 33 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. We initiate, implement, finance, and scale inclusive business models. With the Climate and Business product we create lasting change, transforming (sub) sectors from business as usual to delivering climate smart agricultural and energy solutions at scale.

We achieve this by kick-starting markets, leveraging finance for scale, while changing company’s awareness and behaviour. We target financial, energy, climate information and aggregator service companies to transform supply chains. We also work with authorities to support the development of a conducive environment where climate smart businesses can thrive.

Our product focuses on four key result areas

  • Result Area 1. Climate smart market development
  • Result Area 2: Shifting business operations towards climate smart practices
  • Result Area 3: Leveraging finance for scale
  • Result Area 4: Supportive enabling environment


Our experts

Alison Rusinow

Global Sector Head - Agriculture

Harko Koster

Global Lead - Climate and Business