SNV, in response to the 1974 drought in northern Ethiopia, started working on the Food for Work Programme, called the Kobbo-Lalibella Road Construction project - which involved 6,000 farmers. 

After completing the project, SNV started implementing other rural development projects focusing on the capacity development of key stakeholders in different sectors. We work in the agri-food, energy, and water sectors to make a lasting difference in people's lives.

In Agri-food, aligning its strategy with the Government of Ethiopia's Growth and Transformation Plan and Climate Resilient Green Economy, SNV works to alleviate poverty through increased income, food and nutrition security, sustainable markets, and climate change resilience for smallholder farmers.

In Energy, SNV provides technical support to the government in biogas, sustainable markets, clean fuel, cooking and heating, and off-grid and mini-grid electricity.

In Water, we facilitate access to improved drinking water services and sanitary facilities by enhancing local capacities to ensure the functionality of water systems, WASH service delivery, and sustained positive change in hygiene behaviour. SNV ensures that women, men, and youth balance benefit from their efforts. SNV works in 639 woredas of Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa city administrations, Afar, Amhara, Benishangul Gumz, Gambella, Oromia, Somali, Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region, and Tigray National regional states.

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