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Kickstart Food

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 11:52

Rabobank announces its global activation program, ‘Kickstart Food’, to accelerate the transition to a sustainable food supply. One of the first steps in this program will be the launch of a one billion dollar facility to initiate land restoration and forest protection initiatives.

Focus on four food issues

The facility is being launched in partnership with UN Environment. It marks the start of a three-year initiative to kick-start and scale up Rabobank’s support for clients and partners in the transition to a more sustainable food and agricultural sector. The Kickstart Food initiative has four key focus areas: Earth, Waste, Stability and Nutrition. This facility is part of the first focus area: Earth, which is centered on sustainable and environmentally sound food production. The Waste program will focus on reducing food waste throughout the food supply chain. The Stability program aims to create a more stable and resilient food and agricultural sector. The Nutrition program will focus on ensuing a healthy and balanced diet for everyone.

The coalition kicks off in Brazil and Indonesia. In Brazil the coalition commits itself to the promotion and, where feasible, the financing of integrated crop, livestock and forestry (ICLF) farming practices on the 17 million hectares of existing arable land under the management of Brazilian farmers financed by Rabobank. This activity is part of the strategic WWF Rabobank partnership. In Indonesia the coalition aims to finance replanting schemes for smallholders in partnership with corporate clients. These include forest and biodiversity protection, restoration and certification of oil palm.

Duration:Jan 1970 - Jan 1970
Total budget:
US$ 1000000000
USD
CountryBrazil | Indonesia

Tanzania Program

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:53

The Tanzania Program is implemented in the northern regions of the country, in Arusha and Kilimanjaro, as well as in the southern region of Mbeya. With the objective of improving farmers’ livelihoods, a focus is put on increasing on-farm income by improving agricultural production. At the same time, the establishment of commercially focused farmer organizations capable of providing essential services to their members is put into practice. Coffee yields have increased from an average of 250 kg per hectare of clean coffee to 400 kg per hectare.

Diversification and conservation farming: we encourage farmers to diversify their income and stabilize their food security by planting other crops in addition to coffee. Through certain approaches, such as conversation farming minimum tillage practices, the farmers have increased their maize yields by up to 120%.

Topics
Productivity
CountryTanzania, United Republic of

Better Coffee Harvest

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 16:46

The Better Coffee Harvest (COSECHA) project is a four-year initiative funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the J.M. Smucker Company and the PIMCO Foundation to reduce poverty and increase farm sales for coffee farmers in El Salvador and Nicaragua. The project seeks to train 6,000 smallholders to improve productivity, quality, farm management and financial literacy; increase farm revenues by 25 percent; and build the capacity of local organizations such as cooperatives, exporters and trade associations to boost long-term productivity and facilitate financing. Since launching in 2014, the project has trained more than 7,570 farmers – 27 percent of whom are women – and established 128 coffee demonstration plots to be used for training purposes.

Duration:May 2014 - Apr 2018
Number of farmers:
7570
Total budget:
US$ 3900000
USD
CountryEl Salvador | Nicaragua

Coffee Pickinn - A Challenge for Innovation in Colombian Coffee Harvesting

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 09:43

THE CHALLENGE

HOW TO MAKE COFFEE HARVESTING MORE EFFICIENT IN COLOMBIA?

The Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (Federation) is looking for innovative proposals coming from entrepreneurs, research groups and/or companies offering a solution that would make the process of selective coffee harvesting in Colombia more efficient.

The solutions with the greatest potential for tackle the challenge, will be sponsored by the Federation through economic contributions and/or in kind, to be developed and subsequently implemented in the Colombian countryside. The Federation is willing to develop a strategic alliance with the challenge solver(s) that leads to the implementation of the following stages, according to the degree of progress of the proposed solution:

• Develop the chosen solution through its own funds or obtain them through third parties;
• Advance the experimental process, adjustment and final development of the solution through mentors and partners;
• Enable ownership of the solution by potential users through training and awareness processes .

Depending on the state of progress of solutions, different approaches for a rapport scheme between the Federation and those proposing the solution can be set forth:

• Co-financing of seed capital: support for the creation and strengthening of a business enterprise;
• Provision of services: guaranteed contract for a certain amount of time for the selected enterprise to develop and implement the solution;
• Business partners: shared risks and investments in a prospective business aimed at designing and marketing the solution.

Duration:Jan 2018 - Dec 2018

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