Rabo Rural Fund
The Rabo Rural Fund is part of the Rabobank Group. Besides Rabobank Foundation, Cordaid and Icco are shareholder of the fund. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs was involved in the start-up of the fund.
Financing for cooperatives and SMEs
The Rural Fund supports farming cooperatives and small and medium-sized enterprises (SME’s) in developing countries. Agribusinesses and cooperatives that have outgrown donations and microcredit but are not yet eligible for standard bank loans often have great difficulty in attracting financing. The Rural Fund aims to plug this gap and helps agribusinesses to pre-finance purchase, processing and product sales. We finance sustainable value chains in coffee, cocoa, honey, cotton, spices, nuts, peppers, soya and canned and dried vegetables. In addition we finance fixed assets, such as the extension of production lines.
Sustainable economic development
Over one billion people worldwide live in poverty. Three quarters of them live in rural areas and are dependent on agricultural production. Strengthening producers organisations and agricultural companies is therefore of great importance for the fight against poverty. By offering access to financing, networks and knowledge to organisations and farmers, the Rural Fund contributes to a sustainable economic development and food security.