© Helvetas / Narendra Shrestha

Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Sustainable agriculture, food security, and development of market systems are core elements of Helvetas’ work
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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.

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«Most of us have no land of our own. But since we’ve been using the Mohana riverbed in the dry season, even us landless folks can sell vegetables.»

Rupa Chaudhary (24), a riverbed farmer and beneficiary of the project, is planning to send her two small children to a good school

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.

Our Expertise

Helvetas focuses on sustainable agriculture, food security, value chain facilitation and inclusive finance. Our multilingual Sustainable and Inclusive Economies team provides advisory services both to Helvetas and external clients.

Learn more and contact us

Multimedia Story: Where Tea Grows on Trees

The small farmers supported by Helvetas had better not be afraid of heights when it comes to picking tea leaves up in the trees. 

Selected Projects: 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

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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

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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 Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Making Markets and Jobs

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Bangladesh Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Joining Forces to Get Better Prices

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Bhutan Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Market Access: A Way Out of Poverty for Farmers

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Bolivia Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Protecting the Primeval Forest with Cacao

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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 Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Making Markets Work for the Youth

Vietnam Partnership and Capacity Development

Value Chain Capacity Building Network

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Vietnam Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Swiss Import Promotion Program

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India, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

WAPRO – Multi-stakeholders join forces to enhance water productivity

Benin, Mozambique Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Postharvest Management in Sub-Saharan Africa