Our route in
developing countries

Theory of Change / International

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Our goals

  1. Providing access to financing for disadvantaged producer organizations and their members.
  2. Stronger, independent local farmer organizations that can provide better services.
  3. Contribute to the development of sustainable food value chains to ensure that smallholder farmers can benefit from them.
  4. Promote better living conditions for smallholder farmers.
  5. Contribute to reinforcing the local economy and food security.


Farmer organizations

230

Producer organizations

Saving and credit cooperatives

SMEs

€ 27,1 

million on investments in 22 countries

Africa

Asia

Latin America

How do we
measure
our impact?

In Africa, Asia and Latin America, we invest in organizations that help smallholder farmers with funding and knowledge. That in turn enables the farmers to grow, to the benefit of their own local communities.

How do we do that?

Contribution to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
We are not the only organization that considers it important for producer organizations to become financially stronger; that goal is also reflected in the SDGs.
Rabo Foundation contributes to the following international SDGs:

Rabo Foundation in 2018

Developing countries

By investing in savings and credit cooperatives, producer organizations, and agricultural SMEs in Africa, Asia and Latin America. By providing financing and access to networks, knowledge, and innovative solutions we can help strong local producer organizations to grow and act as an important engine for economic progress. This enhancement of their capacity will enable organizations to stand on their own two feet after a few years, to continue to grow on their own and to create opportunities for smallholder farmers.

How does Rabo Foundation contribute to reinforcing producer organizations in developing countries, so that they can grow, be financially resilient, and make economic progress?

Strenghten farmers' organizations


Growth through confidence

Savings and credit organizations are stronger financially when more farmers become members and have more confidence in the organization. That is reflected in farmers opening savings accounts or borrowing money. The development of savings and credit organizations since 2017:

Developing countries 

58

Saving and credit cooperatives

Savings and credit cooperatives


More financially stable

A strong savings and credit cooperative with ample member capital can more easily obtain a commercial loan to grow. This is because the more money the members save with the organization, the lower the risk for future financiers. As a result, the organization can improve its existing services and offer new ones.

The development of savings and credit organizations since 2017:


More members means more growth

Producer organizations are stronger financially when more farmers become members and have more confidence in the organization. As farmers deliver more products, the producer organization can grow in scale, which also reinforces its position.

International / developing countries

Producer organizations
119

Producer Organizations


More financially stable

A strong economic position makes it easier for producer organizations to stand on their own two feet and continue to grow without an investment from Rabo Foundation. We have observed the following developments compared to 2017:



Ensuring a fair price and provide access to the market 

International markets are often more stable than local markets, and offer higher prices. In 2018, we observed the following trends among the producer organizations that we support:



Climate change affects organizations and farmers

Drought, plant diseases and too much rain. Changes in the climate are definitely affecting smallholder farmers. These are external environmental factors that the organizations and farmers cannot influence themselves. They result in farmers producing less, or crops of lower quality, when they actually need to produce more to earn a higher income and to supply the increasing demand for more food.

Onze doelen

  1. Toegang tot financiering voor achtergestelde boerenorganisaties, en haar leden
  2. Sterkere, zelfstandige lokale boerenorganisaties die betere diensten kunnen verlenen
  3. Bijdragen aan de ontwikkeling van duurzame voedselwaardeketens om ervoor te zorgen dat ook kleinschalige boeren hiervan profiteren
  4. Bevorderen van betere leefomstandigheden van kleinschalige boeren
  5. Bijdragen aan het versterken van de lokale economie en voedselzekerheid



In Nederland investeren we in sociale ondernemers die net als wij geloven in de kracht van gemotiveerde mensen. Met kennis, geld en ons netwerk geven we deze ondernemingen een duwtje in de rug. En daarmee ook de mensen die minder makkelijk, maar daarom niet minder graag aan het werk komen.

Hoe pakken wij het aan?

Bijdrage aan de duurzame ontwikkelingsdoelen (SDG’s)

Wij zijn niet de enige die het belangrijk vinden dat boerenorganisaties financieel sterker worden, dit is ook terug te zien in de SDG’s. 
Rabo Foundation draagt internationaal bij aan de volgende SDG’s

Rabo Foundation in 2018
Hoe meten we
onze impact?

Boerenorganisaties

50
€ 27,1 

miljoen aan investeringen
in 22 landen

Producenten organistaties

Spaar- en kredietcoöperaties

MKB

Afrika

Azië

Latijns Amerika

Ontwikkelingslanden

The stronger the producer organization, the more opportunities it can offer to its members. This increases the likelihood that smallholder farmers can grow, earn higher incomes, and improve their living conditions.

Smallholder farmers reinforce their position


Strength in unity



Producing more and better products for growth and higher incomes

of the organizations provided farmers with training

 

86%

Farmers earn higher prices than the local market price

Developing countries

Smallholder farmers benefit from membership in a producer organization.
“Farmers were able to gain access to affordable financing for agricultural inputs via the producer organization, so they began to produce more, which resulted in higher yields and higher incomes.”

By investing in producer organizations, we contribute to making smallholder farmers more resilient. Resilience means that the farmers have the resources they need to build a better life for themselves. They obtain access to financing, knowledge and new markets, which helps them learn how to become better farmers and harvest more crops with a higher quality. As a result, the farmers earn higher incomes, and because they work together, they have more power in the market.

In Afrika, Azië en Latijns-Amerika investeren we in organisaties die kleinschalige boeren helpen met geld en kennis. Daardoor kunnen deze boeren groeien en profiteert hun omgeving daarvan. 

Hoe pakken wij het aan?

Bijdrage aan de duurzame ontwikkelingsdoelen (SDG’s)
Wij zijn niet de enige die het belangrijk vinden dat boerenorganisaties financieel sterker worden, dit is ook terug te zien in de SDG’s. 
Rabo Foundation draagt internationaal bij aan de volgende SDG’s

Rabo Foundation in 2018
Hoe meten we
onze impact?

Ontwikkelingslanden

Onze doelen

  1. Toegang tot financiering voor achtergestelde boerenorganisaties, en haar leden
  2. Sterkere, zelfstandige lokale boerenorganisaties die betere diensten kunnen verlenen
  3. Bijdragen aan de ontwikkeling van duurzame voedselwaardeketens om ervoor te zorgen dat ook kleinschalige boeren hiervan profiteren
  4. Bevorderen van betere leefomstandigheden van kleinschalige boeren
  5. Bijdragen aan het versterken van de lokale economie en voedselzekerheid


Boerenorganisaties

230

Producenten organistaties  

Spaar- en kredietcoöperaties 

MKB
 

€ 27,1 

miljoen aan investeringen
in 22 landen

Afrika 

Azië

Latijns Amerika
 

of the organizations have
fewer members

60%

Developing countries 

Uncertain times in the coffee sector

The coffee sector suffered considerably in 2018 due to lower global coffee prices and climate factors such as drought and too much rain. The sector also faced increased plant diseases and soil degradation. Many coffee cooperatives (45%) have a sustainability policy, and continue to look for ways to address the consequences of climate change.