Rikolto financially supported 87 organisations in 15 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Over 70,000 men and 36,000 women received our support.
Some 3,180 Vietnamese tea farmers have been trained in sustainable land management practices. Their income has increased by an average of 30% due to reduced chemical use and higher prices for quality tea leaves.
In Peru, a leadership programme was launched for the management of cooperatives, based on good governance practices, sound financial management and market trends.
In Nicaragua, the young cocoa farmers of La Campesina entered into trade relations with the Belgian supermarket chain Colruyt Group. The first 12 tonnes of cocoa have been sold. At the same time, a training programme for the youngsters has started.
Bugaya Area Cooperative Enterprise in Uganda was able to access external funding to provide its farmer members with much-needed cash reserves to make aggregation of grains possible. A total of 60 metric tons of high-quality grain was sold to the World Food Programme for double the prevailing market price.
Can coffee also be women’s business? In Ecuador, we developed a specific action plan for 12 female coffee producers, who were carefully selected to take part in this test project. Their coffee will be sold in Canada, under the West End (WE) brand. This project will help us to refine our gender strategies in the coffee sector.
In Senegal, the rice producers of the farmers’ organisation FEPROBA have earned the government’s trust and are now officially registered as certified seed suppliers in the southern part of Senegal.
Government representatives, private companies, farmers, processors, researchers and NGOs from Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador took the first steps towards developing a regional cocoa strategy, taking into account the devastating effects of climate change in the region.
The female parboilers of Douna, Burkina Faso, have designed attractive bags and outer packaging for their rice so that they can enhance their visibility in the market and gain the confidence of consumers.
The Boyolali Organic Rice Farmers Association in Central Java, Indonesia, achieved its first overseas exports to Australia. Nutritious organic rice grown by smallholder farmers in Boyolali can now be enjoyed by households all over the world.
The four coffee cooperatives created in 2014 in eastern DR Congo took a big step forward in 2017. Together they sold 380 tonnes of coffee. They continue to win quality awards and gradually accumulated sufficient working capital to buy the coffee from the farmers at the start of the season.
Rikolto organised multiple training sessions on Good Agricultural and Environmental Practices on the island of Flores, Indonesia, to boost the productivity and sustainability of cacao. Cacao farmers in these areas now produce more high-quality cacao beans that can adapt to extreme weather changes.
In Belgium, we are working with schools, aiming for better and healthier food in school canteens, with students, teachers, parents, school management, school caterers and public officials all joining forces. Our ambition is clear: sustainable catering in all Flemish schools by 2021.
The cities Quito (Ecuador), Da Nang (Vietnam), Tegucigalpa (Honduras), Ghent (Belgium), Solo (Indonesia) and recently Arusha (Tanzania) are involved in an exchange programme on how to develop and implement sustainable food policies.
Rikolto is a member of the advisory board of the Sustainable Rice Platform since May 2015. We planned for testing the sustainability standard of SRP under various conditions and contexts in the 9 different countries where Rikolto runs rice programmes.
Our organisational and governance structure has undergone a total makeover and we have become an international network organisation, effective as of 1 January 2017.
And last but not least... we cooked a new brand: Rikolto, meaning 'harvest' in Esperanto language