Norges Vel's international work with business development is about entrepreneurship, cooperation and strengthening small-scale producers and organisations within the agricultural sector. We contribute to identifying and facilitating opportunities for new sustainable businesses.
Local small-scale farmers produce food to provide for their families, and sell the excess produce at the market. Norges Vel helps them gain greater market power and influence through organisation, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation for cooperation and growth
The producers have significant growth potential, but often lack knowledge of efficient production, marketing, infrastructure and opportunities of credit. This prevents both growth and full participation in the market. Norges Vel's experience shows that robust organisation and cooperative solutions can effectively change the situation in favor of the producer, their families, and the local community.
Norges Vel organises systems that let cooperatives of farmers take out loans. Cooperatives and producers organisations are fundamental to building up knowledge about business development and production.
Norges Vel contributes to quality assure business ideas and choice of organisational form when new enterprises are to be established. In all of our projects the economic, social, ethical, and environmental situation is assessed to verify sustainability. We look for efficient utilisation of resources, organisation and collaboration solutions.
To contribute to wealth improvement through environmentally friendly energy and new jobs, Norges Vel has established two incubators for business development based on renewable energy. The incubators take in entrepreneurs with business ideas based on renewable energy. Here they get advice in everything from conceptualisation to implementation and strategic planning, while building networks and knowledge. When the companies can stand on their own legs after six to two years, they establish themselves outside the incubator and make room for new entrepreneurs.
Partnerships and alliance building
Responsible partnerships and building strong alliances are crucial for future-oriented developmental work. Norges Vel is an active and committed partner who wishes to reconcile the strenghts and competences with the companies in which we enter into partnership with.
Norges Vel's partners are of different sizes and structure. Some are long-term development partners while others are commercial actors that provide technical knowledge and market access. Partners are crucial for development of local businesses and small-scale producers. An important role for Norges Vel is to secure that partners' commercial interests do not conflict with those of the producers, who are our target groups.
Collaboration for improved production and profit
Norges Vel helps small-scale farmers in local communities to work together to create profitable and sustainable businesses. These are some of the methods we use:
- Mobilise small-scale farmers for cooperation and development of agriculture
- Partnerships with local NGOs and private businesses
- Collective access to credit and financial services
- Organise small-scale farmers for joint access to market