© Helvetas / Flurina Rothenberger

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.

© Helvetas / Simon B. Opladen
Anarkan Mamarainova 57,Karavan,Kirgistan,LMD,Osh province,drip irrigation,farmer,tomato Bewässerung Wasser water © Helvetas / Simon B. Opladen
© Helvetas / Simon B. Opladen
© Helvetas / Simon B. Opladen
© Helvetas/Flurina Rothenberger
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
Head of Sustainable & Inclusive Economies / Senior Advisor Rural Economy & Value Chains
Head of Sustainable & Inclusive Economies / Senior Advisor Market Systems Development
Senior Advisor Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture and Food Systems
Senior Advisor Sustainable Agriculture / Organic Farming
Advisor Financial Sector Development & Buisness Management
Senior Advisor Market Systems Development
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
Senior Advisor Sustainable Agriculture & Extension
© Helvetas / Maurice K. Grünig
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.

© Helvetas
Mali Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Dynamizing Agriculture for the Youth

© Helvetas / Patrick Rohr
Laos Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Good Tea Fetches Good Prices

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

Riverbed Vegetables

© Helvetas
Guatemala Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Entrepreneurship in the Guatemalan Highlands

© Helvetas
Vietnam Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Fighting Poverty with Responsible Tourism

Tanzania Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Grain Post-harvest Loss Prevention (GPLP)

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

Ethical Trade in Botanicals

© Helvetas
Kyrgyzstan Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Creating Jobs to Escape Poverty

© Helvetas / Patrick Rohr
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Eastern Europe Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Making Markets and Jobs

© Helvetas
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 / Flurina Rothenberger
Benin Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Training and Inspiration for Young Farmers

© Helvetas
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

International bloggers visited 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

Tanzania Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Climate-Smart Organic Cotton

© Helvetas
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

Bangladesh Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Disability Inclusion in Bangladesh

© Helvetas
Vietnam Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Women Empowerment through Shan Tea and Medicinal Plants

© Svetlana Costiuc (SVET Photography)
Eastern Europe, Moldova Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Strong Markets for Empowered Moldova

Kyrgyzstan Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Sustainable Tourism Strengthens People and Nature

Tanzania Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Save Safe Food Project-Hifadhi Nafaka Salama (SSF)

Our quarterly newsletter “Highlights”

For development practitioners and anyone interested in our projects and approaches.

Further information

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


Sustainable Agriculture
Market Systems

Partnerships, alliances and networks

Other topics that might interest you

Rural Access

Lack of transport infrastructure makes it impossible for the poor to escape the poverty trap. We help people get better access to markets, schools, and hospitals.

Environment and Climate Change

Every year, we support over 1,000,000 people adapt to climate change, reduce the risks of disasters, sustainably manage natural resources, and conserve nature.

Skills Development and Education

Lack of education perpetuates inequality because poor countries cannot compete economically without a skilled workforce.