introduction

Innovation is best
past and present
— in the mix.

who want to get ahead and who need a helping hand in doing so. Our way of working does, however, move along with the times. We now use new technologies and more often use data to advise farmers on when they can best cultivate their land, for example. Or we teach children online how to deal smartly with the digital world.

Renewing also means keeping what works well. Combining the best of both worlds for optimal results. I recently saw a good example of this in Ecuador. After 70% of the harvest failed due to the use of the wrong seeds, farming techniques and pesticides, corn farmers had a big problem. Too little money to live off and to pay back the money they’d borrowed to buy seeds, fertilizer and pesticides.

That is why the microfinance institution that financed them came up with a new product. It allows farmers who work ecologically to pay less interest on their loans. The methods that had already proved their worth in the past were reinstated. The farmers work with consideration for ecological factors such as multi-cropping (the cultivation of several crops at the same time) and the more environmentally friendly processing of harvest residues that remain on the land. Supplemented with today's know-how, ecological farmers ensure a better harvest and thus a better yield for the farmers. And the microfinance institution, which receives its funding from Rabo Foundation, is less at risk with this new product.

Innovative thinking and working is our engine for social, economic and ecological progress. At Rabo Foundation, we call this impact³. Be inspired by our partnerships, in which innovation is the driving force behind more impact.

Pim Mol
Director Rabo Foundation

ur mission has remained unchanged since 1974: we are there for groups of people on the margins of society

introduction

ur mission has remained unchanged since 1974: we are there for groups of people on the margins of society

Innovation is best
past and present
— in the mix.

who want to get ahead and who need a helping hand in doing so. Our way of working does, however, move along with the times. We now use new technologies and more often use data to advise farmers on when they can best cultivate their land, for example. Or we teach children online how to deal smartly with the digital world. 

Renewing also means keeping what works well. Combining the best of both worlds for optimal results. I recently saw a good example of this in Ecuador. After 70% of the harvest failed due to the use of the wrong seeds, farming techniques and pesticides, corn farmers had a big problem. Too little money to live off and to pay back the money they’d borrowed to buy seeds, fertilizer and pesticides.

That is why the microfinance institution that financed them came up with a new product. It allows farmers who work ecologically to pay less interest on their loans. The methods that had already proved their worth in the past were reinstated. The farmers work with consideration for ecological factors such as multi-cropping (the cultivation of several crops at the same time) and the more environmentally friendly processing of harvest residues that remain on the land. Supplemented with today's know-how, ecological farmers ensure a better harvest and thus a better yield for the farmers. And the microfinance institution, which receives its funding from Rabo Foundation, is less at risk with this new product.

Innovative thinking and working is our engine for social, economic and ecological progress. At Rabo Foundation, we call this impact³. Be inspired by our partnerships, in which innovation is the driving force behind more impact.

Pim Mol
Director Rabo Foundation 


Rabo Foundation Event 360º

November 21th - Pakhuis de Zwijger