Internationally Norges Vel works towards local business development and increased profitability for smaller producers and entrepreneurs within agriculture, aquaculture and renewable energy. We see a vast untapped potential in both the creation of new sustainable businesses and the employment created in these new businesses.
Norges Vels work is important to counter some of our times largest challenges, such as climate change, poverty, and lack of access to energy. We believe it is vital to see these challenges in as inexorably linked to each other. The world's population will increase by over 2 billion over the next 30 years. In Africa there will be twice as many people as today and a massive requirement for food production.
Reducing poverty with local business development
The overarching goal of Norges Vel's international work is to reduce poverty by contributing to economic growth through business development. Our primary focus are the men and women who rely on agriculture or aquaculture. This includes small producers, small land owners, entrepreneurs and small to medium sized businesses.
We contribute to local communities receiving higher wages and more employment opportunities through sustainable and environmentally friendly use of local resources. This way Norges Vel works to create sustainable food production that gives more opportunities to eat healthy and nutritious food.
Creates pride and self suffiency
Norges Vel stands apart from other nonprofit organisations in that we have a clear focus on business development. We work with effective organisation, development of modern supply chains and contribute to that organised small producers take a large part of local wealth production through processing and better access to markets.
Norges Vel helps create pride and independence for people in communities, so they ultimately can manage without aid.
Our work tied to UN sustainability goals
The UN's sustainability goals are policy shaping for Norway's development politics towards 2030. The 17 goals see a connection between environment, economy, and social development. Norges Vel is particulary committed to the following goals:
- End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition in addition to promoting sustainable agriculture
- Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
- Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
- Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
- Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
Framework agreement with NORAD
The vast majority of our business development projects in Africa are supported through a framework agreement with NORAD. We also have other partners we cooperate with, these are given individually on each project.