Rabobank Foundation wins Jacques Diouf Award
Rabobank Foundation received the FAO’s international Jacques Diouf Award on July 5th. This is recognition for the foundation’s many years of work and dedication. Rabobank Foundation was presented with the award for its efforts to support and economically strengthen small farming communities in developing countries.
The FAO Awards, an initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), are presented annually. The recipients of the award include individuals, institutes and organisations that make a substantial contribution to helping resolve the global food issue. Rabobank Foundation now has a place on this distinguished list of winners as a recipient of the Jacques Diouf Award 2016-2017. The award recognises Rabobank Foundation’s many years of dedication to improving the lives and food security of small farmers in developing countries. Albert Boogaard, Head International Programs Rabobank Foundation, and Ankie Wijnen, Chair of the Rabobank Foundation Supervisory Board, accepted the award. Boogaard: ‘Rabobank Foundation believes impact also means doing things other organisations do not do yet. We’re often the first and only financier and this award greatly encourages us to keep doing this.’
Global food security is a strategic Banking for Food theme for our organisation. The world population is growing rapidly and the agricultural sector is faces with a huge challenge to continue to meet the increasing demand for food. Rabobank Foundation focuses in developing countries on small farmers who have little or no access to financing and the market. Rabobank Foundation invests in the financial self-sufficiency of cooperatives and helps them on their way to autonomy and independence. It does this by, for example, providing financing and sharing the wealth of cooperative, banking and agricultural knowledge the Rabobank organisation has developed over more than a century. Boogaard: ‘We would like to thank the FAO for this important award. It is something of which everyone at Rabobank Groep can be proud. It is a acknowledgement that our Banking for Food strategy is of great value.’