The UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are the world's joint work plan for eradicating poverty, combating inequality and ending climate change by 2030. Norges Vel’s vision of creating viable communities helps achieve the SDG’s through our work with sustainable, nature-based business development.
In Norway, our work focuses specifically on SDG12, which deals with sustainable consumption and production by getting more out of less resources.
Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
Climate change urges the need for more sustainable industries. This requires conversion, and Norges Vel helps green industries such as food production and renewable energy to create jobs and value in local communities.
We help entrepreneurs to deploy local and unused resources to create new industries and jobs, especially within the primary industry. It is a goal to utilize all the resources in the community and contribute to the creation of the values that remain. Reuse and recycling contribute to a sustainable circular economy that is good for the environment in the long term.
Together with entrepreneurs, Norges Vel develops a bio economy for agriculture, so that we can turn an environmental problem into a business opportunity. Waste from biogas plants and fish sludge from aquaculture plants can become environmentally friendly fertilizers, while residues from logging or press cake from rapeseed oil can become animal feed. Biofuel can bind greenhouse gases while contributing to better soil and better crops.
Internationally, Norges Vel contributes through our commitment in several developing countries, primarily in East and South Africa. Our core focus countries are Tanzania, Mozambique, Uganda and Madagascar. Our work aims to contribute to SDG 2, 8 and 17.
Goal 2: Zero hunger
Norges Vel works to create sustainable agriculture and food production, which gives more people the opportunity to eat healthy and nutritious food. Most farmers in developing countries are poor small-scale producers. Through our projects in Africa, Norges Vel contributes to a better and more efficient organization of farmers and their small-scale production. This is important in order to meet the world's future needs for food.
A sustainable sector for fisheries and aquaculture means a lot for global food safety and nutrition. Through the establishment of sustainable fish farming organizations, Norges Vel contributes to food security, local business development, and poverty reduction in local communities.
In Madagascar, Norges Vel’s project for Tilapia farming has given increased income and access to protein-rich food.
In Mozambique, Norges Vel’s pilot for Tilapia farming will facilitate for increased business development in aquaculture which will provide food security and poverty reduction.
Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
The overall goal of Norges Vel’s international work is to reduce poverty by contributing to local economic growth through business development. We focus primarily on women and men who depend on agriculture and marine resources. This includes small-scale producers, entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized businesses. We help communities to increased revenue and create new jobs through sustainable and climate-friendly use of local natural resources.
Organization of small-scale producers of rice in Tanzania is a good example. The project has yielded good results. Through increased knowledge and cooperation, farmers influence larger parts of the value chain, and they gain access to funding. Each farmer’s productivity and income has increased, while production is more environmentally friendly than before.
In Tanzania, Norges Vel contributes to organization and collaborations that strengthens the lives of smallholder farmers.
In Madagascar, Norges Vel has contributed to the cultivation of sea cucumber and algae, which gives increased income and food production for the local population.
Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals
Responsible partnerships and building strong alliances are crucial for future-oriented development work. Norges Vel is an active and committed partner who wants to reconcile our strengths and knowledge with the organizations and people with whom we enter into partnerships.
Norges Vel’s partners differs in size and structure. Some are long-term development partners and others are commercial actors who contribute with their technical knowledge and market access. Our partners are crucial for the development of local businesses and small-scale producers. An important role for Norges Vel, is to ensure that our partners' commercial interests do not conflict with the producers, who are our target groups.
In Mozambique, Norges Vel collaborates with Felleskjøpet and local partners to build an organization for production and sale of seeds.
In Uganda, Norges Vel collaborates with Nortura and local partners to develop the country's meat sector.
In addition, different projects contribute to one or more of these Sustainable Development Goals:
SDG1: No poverty
Many farmers in developing countries struggle to get out of poverty. Productivity is often low, and these farmers are very vulnerable to climate change and more unstable weather. Access to markets are limited, and it is often difficult to get loans to buy, among other things, necessary input factors. Norges Vel’s efforts to organize small-scale production in several African countries, contributes to improved food production and increased revenue for the producers.
SDG5: Gender Equality
In all Norges Vel’s projects, we encourage women and men to participate in the business at equal terms. We also help to formalize women's ownership and management in all parts of the value chain. Norges Vel is also dedicated to building women's skills.
SDG7: Affordable and clean energy
In Tanzania, which is Norges Vel’s main partner country in Africa, only 10 percent of the population has access to electrical power. Norges Vel’s work on renewable energy considers both local needs and global challenges. We work with bioenergy and utilization of waste from agriculture to create environmentally friendly energy. This work provides synergies between agriculture and the environment.
SDG13: Climate action
Norges Vel’s work is important in meeting some of today’s greatest challenges, such as climate change, poverty and lack of energy. We believe it is crucial to see these challenges in context to each other. We help communities to increase revenue and create more jobs through sustainable and climate-friendly use of local natural resources.
SDG14: Life below water
Sustainable fish farming is becoming more and more important in a world characterized by climate change and increasing needs for food production. Fish farming can also help overcome overfishing in the ocean. Norges Vel’s work on sustainable aquaculture contributes to more nutritious food, economic growth, and new jobs in several countries.