Working together for
growth & sustainability

In 2011 Rabo Foundation set up the Rabo Rural Fund, and it still manages the fund today. To close the gap between organizations that have outgrown the support of the Foundation, but haven’t yet been able to obtain bank financing. 

companies, thereby contributing to sustainable economic development, employment opportunities, and a better income for small-scale farmers.

Seeing opportunities
This approach means that the fund operates in conjunction with Rabo Foundation to strengthen local agricultural organizations (mostly cooperatives) until they are financially self-reliant. Usually the growth of such organizations falters at this point because they cannot obtain a commercial investment. Many of these cooperatives are considered to be too great a 'risk' due to fluctuating market prices and crop failures.

However, where normal banks see only risks, the Rabo Rural Fund sees opportunities. Especially opportunities to make local food production sustainable, and to increase the income of small-scale farmers. By offering access to financing, networks and knowledge
to organizations the fund enables agricultural businesses to finance the purchase, processing and sale of their products.


More sustainably and efficiently
Take for example Blueyou Trading, which couples a growing demand for sustainable fish to the supply of Vietnamese fishers who catch their fish in a sustainable manner. In so doing, the organization contributes to the protection of certain fish species and increases the prosperity of the fishermen.

Thanks to the investments of the Rabo Rural Fund, agricultural cooperatives can look for a good buyer’s market at their own pace. That way, they are not forced to sell their products at local markets for a lower price. In addition, the fund shares relevant market information and networks, enabling the organizations and farmers to learn how to work more sustainably and efficiently.

An impact lender
The Rabo Rural Fund is an impact lender and active in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Read more on Rural Fund's website. 

Many farming organizations in developing countries that produce products such as coffee, cocoa, or fish, have difficulty finding commercial investment. The Rabo Rural Fund, however, does finance such 

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

By investing in the missing-middle

Sustainable progress
for smallholder farmers

Impact lender /Rabo Rural Fund

Access to international markets for sustainable fish

Blueyou Trading 

Impact lender /Rabo Rural Fund

Higher incomes
through shorter 
cinnamon chain

Cassia Co-op builds a bridge between Indonesian cinnamon farmers and global purchasers. In so doing, the enterprise contributes to a shorter, more efficient, and more fair cinnamon chain. 

Many farming organizations in developing countries that produce products such as coffee, cocoa, or fish, have difficulty finding commercial investment. The Rabo Rural Fund, however, does finance such 

companies, thereby contributing to sustainable economic development, employment opportunities, and a better income for small-scale farmers.

Seeing opportunities
This approach means that the fund operates in conjunction with Rabo Foundation to strengthen local agricultural organizations (mostly cooperatives) until they are financially self-reliant. Usually the growth of such organizations falters at this point because they cannot obtain a commercial investment. Many of these cooperatives are considered to be too great a 'risk' due to fluctuating market prices and crop failures.

However, where normal banks see only risks, the Rabo Rural Fund sees opportunities. Especially opportunities to make local food production sustainable, and to increase the income of small-scale farmers. By offering access to financing, networks and knowledge
to organizations the fund enables agricultural businesses to finance the purchase, processing and sale of their products.


More sustainably and efficiently
Take for example Blueyou Trading, which couples a growing demand for sustainable fish to the supply of Vietnamese fishers who catch their fish in a sustainable manner. In so doing, the organization contributes to the protection of certain fish species and increases the prosperity of the fishermen.

Thanks to the investments of the Rabo Rural Fund, agricultural cooperatives can look for a good buyer’s market at their own pace. That way, they are not forced to sell their products at local markets for a lower price. In addition, the fund shares relevant market information and networks, enabling the organizations and farmers to learn how to work more sustainably and efficiently.

An impact lender
The Rabo Rural Fund is an impact lender and active in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Read more on Rural Fund's website. 

By investing in the missing-middle

Cinamon farmers  receive marketprice

How Rabo Foundation adds value

Cassia Co-op has received funding from Rabo Foundation since 2015. “We borrow money for working capital.  Thanks to that financing, we can sign pre-financial export contracts. That allows us to pay the cinnamon farmers quicker, and the company is less vulnerable to price volatility in the market. In fact, it’s going so well now that we’re ready to switch to the Rabo Rural Fund.”

Cassia Co-op

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