Banking for Food
Rabobank began as a movement of cooperative banks founded by Dutch farmers. More than a century later, food and agriculture (F&A) remains our core international business. We envision a food system that meets rising demand for affordable, nutritious food. One that respects producer livelihoods and the planet. We call it the Banking for Food Strategy.
A sustainable food system
To feed a growing population long into the future, we have to do things differently: produce more food while using fewer resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Paying fair prices to farmers. With clients and partners at every link in the food value chain – from farm to fork – Rabobank is in the right place to speed up the transition to responsible food production, consumption and everything in between.
It’s about more than finance. It all goes back to our cooperative approach: we work together on sustainable food solutions that are good for people, nature and the economy. How? By using our financial expertise, sector knowledge and global F&A networks.
Financial solutions, sector knowledge
This includes offering new financial tools, like sustainability-linked loans and blended finance solutions, such as the AGRI3 Fund for sustainable agriculture and forest protection. Sharing knowledge is another way we help clients make their businesses future-proof. Thanks to our global team of RaboResearch food and agribusiness analysts, we provide sector-specific insights covering everything from farm inputs to consumer foods. We also support data-driven food and agtech start-ups through the Rabo F&A Innovation Fund and our FoodBytes! innovation platform.
A global network
Rabobank is an active member of roundtables promoting sustainability in multiple agribusiness value chains. And for greater challenges, we connect our trusted partners – from business, government, civil society and beyond – to find joint solutions. Together, we are working toward a sustainable and resilient food system that will feed the world for generations to come.