three key features of SNV

What we do

SNV focuses on balanced agriculture sector development, combining results in sustainable income, nutrition, climate resilience and employment. In every project SNV defines a specific combination of these four objectives that fits the challenges and opportunities in that context and the ambition of our partners.

How we do it

SNV empowers local and in-country actors and institutions to achieve both direct results and longer-term systems change. For example, in enabling local service providers to take up structural roles beyond the project. We combine our local presence, know-how and network with state-of-the-art technical knowledge and solutions.

We deliver

SNV has a strong and consistent implementation track record. Across many environments, SNV staff is known for pragmatism and adaptability.

Three key features


To create a better everyday life for the many people. To achieve that better life, we have to address the systems of inequality that we operate in.


  • Togetherness
  • Caring for people and planet
  • Cost-Consciousness
  • Simplicity
  • Renew and Improve
  • Different with meaning
  • Give and take responsibility
  • Lead by example

The way we work

We get the results by working with partners who know the most about the areas we want to support.

Our Dedicated Team

Bernie F Chaves
Bernie F Chaves



Senior Agronomist


Governance & Advocacy Advisor

Patrick Sigei
Patrick Sigei

Agribusiness advisor-REALMS project


livelihood expert


Doing the Right Thing, At the Right Time

There are many definitions and perspectives on regenerative agriculture , where sometimes a distinction is made between regenerative and circular practices. REALMS project has proposed some of the practical technologies that will actively promote in the project areas.

Regenerative agriculture includes a set of practices that restores the soil and biodiversity at the farm, while circular agriculture is a set of practices based on principles of nutrient recycling, optimal use of resources, biodiversity and use of renewable energy.

REALMS will support the adoption of both regenerative and circular agriculture practices at the farm level with a focus to influence production and encourage service providers (SMEs) to supply the required products and services. Advocacy will go beyond the farms and businesses to include all relevant stakeholders including government, civil society organizations, industry associations, research and educational institutes.

Examples of specific circular practices are:

  • Recycling and designing out waste through composting farm wastes such as Stover and animal waste to manure, and use of crop residue for animal feed,
  • Optimal use of resources at the farm level and by businesses such reducing post-harvest losses by producing quality marketable products, diversifying markets for full utilization of farm produce, use of high quality
  • inputs to reduce the quantities needed, businesses pooling transportation of produce to reduce costs, renting or sharing of farm equipment;
  • Increasing diversity through mixed cropping and crop rotation to take advantage of seasonal changes, agroforestry and mixed cropping systems for multiple sources of foods for the households;
  • Use of renewable energy such as biogas or solar systems and wood fuel from agroforestry trees.

Regenerative practices are for example:

  • Farmers setting soil and water conservation structures to stop erosion and pollution of water bodies by siltation;
  • Farmers reducing the use of chemical fertilizers and increasing the use organic fertilizer from farm compost, animal manure, vermicomposting, and commercial organic fertilizers;
  • Farmers using commercially available beneficial microorganisms such Mycorrhizae and Trichoderma soil fungi products that improve plant growth;
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) measures where farmers reduce the use of chemical pesticides and substitute or complement these with bio-pesticides, mechanical and cultural methods of pest control to encourage beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies to thrive;
  • Agroforestry systems to increase tree to increase tree cover and improve ecosystems functions that trees provide


REALMS Project operational area are Western Rwanda (Rutsiro, Ngororero, Nyabihu and Rubavu districts) and Western Kenya (Nakuru, Kericho, Bungoma, Kakamega and Uasin Gishu)