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Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Sustainable agriculture, food security, and development of market systems are core elements of Helvetas’ work
© Helvetas / Arben Llapashtica

Inclusive and sustainable growth is crucial for enabling people to escape the vicious cycle of poverty. Every year, Helvetas supports up to 1,000,000 poor and disadvantaged people to sustainably produce more crops and to better market their products and services.

Why sustainable and inclusive economies matter

The conviction that economic growth inevitably reduces poverty and inequality has been proven wrong. Over the past decade, the world’s leadership acknowledged the need for more proactive approaches to ensure that growth benefits everyone.

After the world has experienced several crises in the recent years, we explore and use innovative approaches to boost sustainable and inclusive growth.

© Helvetas / Alejandro Ortega
© Helvetas / Alejandro Ortega

Our work

Helvetas empowers the poor and disadvantaged to improve their livelihoods and incomes. We promote and advocate for production and consumption systems that ensure food security and sustainable use of natural resources. We collaborate with the private sector to promote inclusive and sustainable market systems.

In the past five years, over 4,000,000 people have learned more efficient and sustainable production and marketing methods with the help of Helvetas.

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Bosnia-Herzegovina, Eastern Europe

Making Markets and Jobs

Albania, Eastern Europe

Making Markets Work for the Youth

Selected Projects Worldwide: Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

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Mali Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Dynamizing Agriculture for the Youth

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Laos Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Good Tea Fetches Good Prices

© Helvetas / Simon B. Opladen
Nepal Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Riverbed Vegetables

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Guatemala Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Entrepreneurship in the Guatemalan Highlands

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Vietnam Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Fighting Poverty with Responsible Tourism

Tanzania Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Increase Food Security and income for farming households

Vietnam_Biotrade_Woman | © Helvetas
Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Ethical Trade in Botanicals

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Kyrgyzstan Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Creating Jobs to Escape Poverty

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Bosnia-Herzegovina, Eastern Europe Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Making Markets and Jobs

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Bangladesh Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Joining Forces to Get Better Prices

© Helvetas / Markus Wild
Bhutan Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Market Access: A Way Out of Poverty for Farmers

© Helvetas / Simon B. Opladen
Bolivia Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Protecting the Primeval Forest with Cacao

© Helvetas/ Stephane Brabant
Benin Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Training and Inspiration for Young Farmers

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Vietnam Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

BioTrade Initiative in Vietnam

Mozambique Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Enhancing Livelihoods of Smallholder Farmers and Small Entrepreneurs

Albania, Eastern Europe Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Making Markets Work for the Youth

Winter Tourism in Kyrgyzstan | © Helvetas
Kyrgyzstan Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Sustainable WInter Tourism Development Project

Vietnam, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Laos, India Partnership and Capacity Development

Value Chain Capacity Building Network

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Vietnam Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Swiss Import Promotion Program

© Helvetas/Singye Wangchuk
Global Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Networking for Employment and Income

Global Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Postharvest Management in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Vietnam Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Women Empowerment through Shan Tea and Medicinal Plants