HVA has more than a century of accumulated experience in worldwide agricultural and agro-industrial development. Building on its experience and expertise in developing and managing its own integrated tea, sugar, oil palm, rubber, cassava and natural fibre operations, HVA International was established as a full-service consultancy and management firm in 1959. Since then HVA International has diversified its activities into other crops and sub-sectors such as dairy and poultry production, providing its services to a wide range of projects for private clients, government and parastatal organisations or funded by international development agencies.

Sectors of specialisation/expertise

HVA International specialises in providing technical assistance, consultancy services, consulting engineering and management for projects in the following sectors:

• Livestock production
• Crop production
• Agro-processing

Many projects executed by HVA International are integrated, including primary production and processing. An overview of HVA International’s capabilities in these sectors is presented below:

Farm advisory and support services

• Applied field research and extension
• Outgrower schemes of integrated agro-industrial projects
• Milk collection schemes
• Artificial insemination services
• Input supply and rural credit
• Marketing

Farm projects

• Medium scale market-oriented crop and livestock production
• Commercial farming (dairy, beef fattening, mixed farming, field crops)

Integrated agro-industrial projects

• Sugar, tea, oil palm, vegetable oil
• Dairy, poultry, feed mills
• Privatisation and restructuring
• Management

Organisation

Reflecting its practical and result-oriented approach HVA International is organised according to product sub-sectors. Projects and services are managed under the responsibility of the Livestock, Agricultural and Consultancy Department, each having their own project managers and backstopping staff. Engineering, procurement, economic analysis and implementation of management information systems is also carried out under responsibility of the assigned project manager.

HVA International’s professional staff includes experts in agronomy, soil science, animal production, animal health, irrigation/drainage, agro-processing technology, agricultural economy and policy, farm and agro-business management, accountancy,  agricultural and mechanical engineering and information technology.

The Consultancy Support Services department operates a continuously updated database of Associate Consultants, by which additional specific expertise can easily be mobilised at short notice.

Regional experience

During the past 15 years HVA International has executed projects and studies in more than 35 different countries, often in remote areas and under difficult conditions.

Experience with international development agencies

HVA International holds registered approved consultant’s status with more than 10 international development agencies and has executed assignments funded by:
• World Bank
• International Finance Corporation (IFC)
• African Development Bank
• Asian Development Bank
• Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
• Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development (AAAID)
• Islamic Development Bank
• European Union
• Netherlands Finance Company (FMO)
• Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)