What we do

SNV bridges the gap between theory and practice, between policy ambitions and effective implementation at scale. We implement approaches that are tailored to local needs as we believe that countries and communities themselves should be the owners of change. With appropriate knowledge and resources, they can implement and maintain their own sustainable solutions to end poverty. We are experts in agriculture, energy, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Our know-how services include advice, brokering and stakeholder engagement, advocacy, fund management, results-based financing and delegated management.  

Focus on practical know-how


Advisory services are core to SNV’s programmes. Our advice aims at strengthening capacity in the public sector and civil society to respond to national and local priorities and to address systemic constraints in agriculture, energy, and WASH. Our advice also responds to demand from private entrepreneurs, such as farmers, agri-businesses, energy companies, and masons, to strengthen their businesses and services. We also advise public authorities to develop and implement policies, target investments effectively and operate services efficiently.

Our products

Our work focuses on three sectors: agriculture, energy and WASH. By continuing to focus on these interconnected areas, and adapting and expanding our approach within them, we will reach more people and continuously improve the quality of our work. Within these three sectors, we have defined eight products:

Inclusive value chains

We will consolidate our inclusive value chains portfolio, focusing on smallholder farmers, and small- and medium-sized agri-businesses. We will help enterprises to strengthen their supply chains, use resources more efficiently and to become competitive while ensuring environmental sustainability. Support for businesses will involve strengthening their supply chains by bolstering working relationships between producers, processors, distributors, small-scale farmers and service providers. Our focus will be on seven commodities: dairy, livestock, horticulture, cassava, coffee, cacao and palm oil. We will focus on these commodities because of their economic importance in the countries where we work, the economic opportunities they provide for those living in poverty and their potential for export markets. Learn more.

Impact through direct results and systems change

Our projects directly benefit millions of people. At the same time, our projects also drive systems change – strengthening institutions and kick-starting markets to help many more people work their way out of poverty, well beyond the scope of projects. We commit to operational excellence and are proud to be a not-for-profit organisation implementing our mission exclusively through project financing.