United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO and the Dutch Rabobank Foundation have agreed to scale up their collaboration after two years of successful initiatives in East Africa to boost farming and food security in Africa.
Director-General of FAO, José Graziano da Silva, said in an address to the foodFIRST conference in Utrecht, Netherlands, which this year is focused on the future of farming and food security in Africa that “this is a flagship partnership for FAO”.
“No one organization can eradicate hunger and reduce poverty alone, the FAO boss said at the conference, adding “Only in partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders can we achieve this”.
A statement by FAO said in 2013, the organisation and Rabobank Foundation began a partnership by collaborating on three projects in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya, all oriented to improving smallholder farmers’ incomes, access to financial tools and ability to invest in more efficient production of food crops.
Building on the progress achieved so far, it added that the two institutions now intend to ramp up their pilot projects and establish similar collaborations in other countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Managing Director of Rabobank Foundation, Pierre van Hedel as saying, “We believe that working together with an organization like FAO can accelerate the realization of our mutual goals”.
“We highly appreciate FAO’s long-term commitment and vision with regard to the topic of food security, which is needed for smallholder development”, he added.
Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, UNSGSA, was also present at the event.
The statement informed that the three initial joint projects in Africa all have focused on boosting food security through rural agricultural development.
Founded in 1973 and based in the Netherlands, Rabobank Foundation is a corporate foundation funded by the Rabobank Group, which donates a percentage of its annual profits to the foundation’s activities.
Its main activity is to support cooperatives and member-based organizations through microfinance mechanisms.
The Foundation assists small farmers and their cooperatives in rural areas of 24 Latin American, African and Asian countries.

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