Our shareholders and institutional donors make our work possible. We have a successful partnership with them and together we have realized multiple projects that have had a sustainable impact on the lives of 131,200 small-scale farmers. When we started in 2012 The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs was involved in the fund’s start-up.
Are you interested in working together to promote sustainable agribusiness in developing countries? These are the ways in which you can support us:
- Investing: by opting for debt/soft debt or equity. Please contact us to discuss the options.
- Donation: you can make a donation if you don’t feel ready to invest but still want to support our work.
- Investments and donations can be earmarked for specific programmes, training courses, countries or target groups.
Contact Alexander Meyer (Fund Manager Rabo Rural Fund) for more information.
In terms of food security and the battle against poverty much can still be achieved by empowering farmer cooperatives. To this end Rabobank Foundation targets smaller producer organizations that are still in a development stage. Rabo Rural Fund was founded with the specific aim of providing financing for more mature cooperatives and agribusinesses in developing countries. In some cases, Rabobank Foundation and the Rural Fund work together, each extending finance to a particular cooperative. In other instances, the baton is passed on: cooperatives that have outgrown the support of Rabobank Foundation but cannot yet qualify for a commercial bank loan can turn to the Rural Fund for help.
Cordaid Investment Management BV (CIMBV), the asset management branch of the development organization Cordaid, profoundly believes that impact investing is the next stage in development aid. As an impact investor since 1997, Rabo Rural Fund very much aligns with their mission. As a shareholder in the Fund, Cordaid is able to target and provide financial support to a significant number of smallholders in developing countries sustainably producing organic crops. The fact that these farmers are often organised in cooperatives and work with fair trade contracts, adds to the social impact CIMBV aims for.
ICCO is one of the largest non-governmental organizations in the Netherlands, with more than fifty years’ experience in international development. ICCO works in 44 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The partner banks and international branches of Rabobank also play an important role in the Rural Fund’s activities. In addition, Rabobank’s global international food & agri clients are involved as off-taker in financing agribusinesses and cooperatives.
Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF)
Rabo Rural Fund is a member of the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF). CSAF is an alliance of social lending institutions, also referred to as impact-first agricultural lenders, targeting agricultural businesses in the “missing middle” in low- and middle-income countries. CSAF members exchange experiences, identify best practices and develop industry standards.