Hivos is an international NGO. Its mission is to innovate for social change, with smart projects in the right places, striving for a free, fair and sustainable society. Green societies, in which the environment and the planet’s natural resources are used sustainably to the benefit of all.

Hivos working areas are:

  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Freedom of Expression
  • Women’s Empowerment
  • Sexual Rights and Diversity
  • Sustainable Food
  • Renewable Energy

Hivos sees human life in its many forms as valuable, and that people are filled with potential. Living a life in freedom and dignity, with respect for each other and the planet, leads to greater individual wellbeing and fair, vibrant societies. Hivos seeks new and creative solutions to persistent global problems. Hivos has a rich track record on sustainable food systems and inclusive food governance and can count on networks, connections and partners as well as programmes developed worldwide over the past 50 years to build and scale sustainable and inclusive city region food systems. Hivos supports food entrepreneurs and co-manages investment funds (“Food and Lifestyle Fund” and “Hivos-Triodos Fund”) which scout and invest in companies to pioneer and scale innovative solutions for an inclusive, sustainable food system.

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