Tanzanianske kvinner bruker biobriketter til matlaging på markedet

Sustainable business for female entrepreneurs

In Tanzania, Norges Vel is managing an environmental and business development project that contributes to increased profitability for women owned businesses and counteracts deforestation. Women are provided training in how to use environmental friendly and less expensive bio-briquettes rather than charcoal when they make food for sale in the markets. Through increased knowledge and improved business management, the aim is also to strengthen the women's influence in the local community.

Innhøsting av tilapia i fiskeoppdrettsdammer på Madagaskar

Opinion Piece in Norwegian media 12.05.2017

Sustainable fish farming reduces poverty

Norwegian aid to fish farming contributes to poverty reduction and food security in Africa.

Jose Luis Ramos er ny leder for Norges Vels kontor i Tanzania

New Norges Vel’s Resident Representative in Tanzania

- It is stimulating to have the opportunity of developing and strengthening Norges Vel’s work in Tanzania and Uganda. The tasks are challenging, however the target groups potential is enormous, says José Luis Ramos. He is from September 2016 the new Resident Representative responsible for Norges Vel’s country programs in Tanzania and Uganda.

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Aquaculture-Based Business Development

Fish farming improves standard of living on Madagascar

The Tilapia fish farming support by Norges Vel on Madagascar provides jobs and improved living standards for women and men. Over the course of four years, the small producers taking part in the project have almost tripled their monthly income, and the number of producers is steadily increasing.

Reinaart Pretorius is Norges Vel

New Director of International Development

Reinaart Pretorius (42) has been appointed the new Director of International Development for The Royal Norwegian Society for Development (Norges Vel). Pretorius comes from South Africa and has extensive experience in working with international business development. He joined the staff of Norges Vel in 2010 and is now moving from the post of Leader for Norges Vel Consult to being Director of International Development. 


Saving money with renewable energy

Together with BioSelena and Trakia University, Norges Vel has established a pilot plant for renewable energy in three Bulgarian dairy farms. In addition to improved milk quality and climate smart energy consumption, cow milk producer Danchev in Dobrodan saves 9.500 Norwegian kroner annually, a sum equivalent to three months of average salary in Bulgarian agriculture.

Bedriftsbesøk på économuséet Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk

Meet artisans at work

Norway gets five new Économusées

- We are committed to a start up of 22 new Économusées in Europe and Canada, hence five on the West Coast of Norway. Work is well underway, says Terje Inderhaug in Norges Vel. Representatives from eight countries in the network has been visiting several Économusées in Hordaland to further develop the project.

Robert Matiku

Green electricity made from waste

In a few days Tanzanian households and businesses will be supplied with environmental friendly electricity made from rice husk. Robert Matiku, the entrepreneur behind this business, is connected to Tanzania Renewable Energy Incubator (TAREBI), where Norges Vel is involved in setting up new businesses related to renewables.

Restavfall fra sukkerproduksjon er et miljøproblem som nå kan bli miljøvennlig brensel

Environmental problems changes into environmental friendly energy

As a project manager for a new environmental project in Kenya, Norges Vel is contributing to reduction of environmentally harmful methane emissions from sugar production. The sugar cane waste will now be transformed into environmental friendly energy, contributing to better soil and reduced deforestation. A part of the project is creating local companies with sustainable jobs producing biomass briquettes from the waste.

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Preserving biodiversity of species in Transylvania

Romania has a large and varied selection of indigenous  vegetable breeds that are quite unique. This genetic and biological diversity is now threatened by the situation where  agricultural land are sold to overseas investors for more modern and mono-culture  production. The Royal Norwegian Society for Development has been engaged by the Romanian non-governmental organisation Civitas to increase the awareness and assist in preserving  biodiversity in the area.