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Our Expertise and Services: Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

© Helvetas / Flurina Rothenberger

Helvetas seeks to increase the income, job opportunities and food and nutrition security of disadvantaged women and men. For this purpose, we collaborate with the private sector, associations and governments. We support them to provide affordable services and inputs, ensure sustainable resource management and improve market access.

Why sustainable and inclusive economies matter

It is our commitment to improving livelihoods and the resilience of disadvantaged women and men in developing nations. The global demand for food supplies from rural areas has reached a historic high. Helvetas promotes sustainable agriculture practices that are profitable, environmentally sound and beneficial for communities. It offers the opportunity to provide affordable food to a growing population by maintaining access to fertile land, forests and water in a context of a changing climate. Inclusive economic development offers all members of society access to economic opportunities

What we do

By increasing efficiency for both farm and non-farm market systems, Helvetas enhances incomes, job opportunities, as well as food and nutrition security. We support people in getting access to natural resources – such as land and water – and to rural advisory and financial services.

Helvetas helps develop local markets and certified agricultural commodity chains, including organic rice and cocoa. We also strengthen labor market systems to create jobs and launch enterprises, with special attention paid to disadvantaged groups, like women and youth.

We recognize the important role of the private sector in innovation and economic growth, both integral elements in enhancing social and political stability in our partner countries.

Helvetas also advocates for sustainable, fair, resilient and environmentally sound production and consumption systems that provide rural and urban populations with sufficient and nutritious food.

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Anarkan Mamarainova 57,Karavan,Kirgistan,LMD,Osh province,drip irrigation,farmer,tomato Bewässerung Wasser water © Helvetas / Simon B. Opladen
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urban farmer Ulriche Hontonnou, Benin. © Helvetas/Flurina Rothenberger

What we offer

The Sustainable and Inclusive Economies advisory services team is consulting Helvetas’ programs as well as external clients in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

  • Expertise in sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition, sustainable market systems and private sector development, and financial inclusion.
  • Long-standing experience in linking producers with markets of certified produce (such as organic and fair trade value chains) and in facilitating knowledge sharing.
  • Advice on designing internal control and quality management systems as per the requirements of the market.
  • Training and capacity building on market systems development / making markets work for the poor (M4P).
  • Establishing and implementing private-public development partnerships that benefit disadvantaged women and men to increase income, employment and food and nutrition security.
  • Advice on financial inclusion, in particular, the strengthening of self-help credit and saving programs, the institutional development of rural microfinance institutions and value chain finance.

Contact our team

Our multilingual advisory team offers wide-ranging thematic expertise and has in-depth experience in navigating complex processes. Helvetas’ work builds on over 60 years of experience in more than 30 countries.

Contact our sustainable and inclusive economies experts
Advisor Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture and Food Systems
Senior Advisor Sustainable Agriculture / Organic Farming
Advisor Financial Sector Development & Buisness Management
Senior Advisor Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security
Senior Advisor Value Chain & Market Development
Director Advisory Services / Senior Advisor Sustainable Agriculture & Extension
Senior Advisor Market Development, Head of EE Unit
Advisor Market Systems in Fragile Contexts
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Senior Advisor Value Chains & Sustainable Commodities
Programme Manager, East Europe, South Caucuses & Western Balkans; Senior Advisor, Sustainable & Inclusive Economies
Senior Advisor Value Chain & Market Systems Development

Selected projects

Helvetas develops and guides projects. To be sustainable, they must be locally embedded. We support our partners in effectively organizing projects and processes and assist local authorities to better assume their responsibilities.

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Mali Private Sector Development

Dynamizing Agriculture for the Youth

© Helvetas / Patrick Rohr
Laos Private Sector Development

Good Tea Fetches Good Prices

© Helvetas / Simon B. Opladen
Nepal Private Sector Development

Riverbed Vegetables

Vietnam_Biotrade_Woman | © Helvetas
Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar Private Sector Development

Ethical Trade in Botanicals

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Kyrgyzstan Private Sector Development

Creating Jobs to Escape Poverty

© Helvetas / Patrick Rohr
Bosnia-Herzegovina Private Sector Development

Making Markets and Jobs

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Bangladesh Private Sector Development

A healthy diet for women and children

© Helvetas / Simon B. Opladen
Bolivia Private Sector Development

Protecting the Primeval Forest with Cacao

© Helvetas / Flurina Rothenberger
Benin Private Sector Development

Training and Inspiration for Young Farmers

Albania Private Sector Development

Making Markets Work for the Youth

International bloggers visited Kyrgyzstan | © Helvetas
Kyrgyzstan Private Sector Development

Sustainable Winter Tourism Development Project

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

Value Chain Capacity Building Network

Tanzania Private Sector Development

Climate-Smart Organic Cotton

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India WASH & Water Governance

Fair and Good – for People and Planet

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Vietnam Private Sector Development

Swiss Import Promotion Program

© Helvetas/Singye Wangchuk
Global Private Sector Development

Networking for Employment and Income

Global Private Sector Development

Postharvest Management in Sub-Saharan Africa

Bangladesh Private Sector Development

Disability Inclusion in Bangladesh

© Svetlana Costiuc (SVET Photography)
Moldova Private Sector Development

Strong Markets for Empowered Moldova

Kyrgyzstan Private Sector Development

Sustainable Tourism Strengthens People and Nature

Tanzania Private Sector Development

Save Safe Food Project-Hifadhi Nafaka Salama (SSF)

Vietnam Private Sector Development

Conservation-Friendly Enterprise Development

Further information

Download and read our publications on different sustainable and inclusive economies related topics.


Sustainable Agriculture
Market Systems

Partnerships, alliances and networks

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