Lecture by: Michaël de Groot - Investment manager at the Rabobank Foundation
Place: Senaatskamer at the RUG Academy Building.
The presentation of Michael de Groot will starts from the question 'How do we ensure that everyone in the world has enough food?'. Small farmers have opportunities to increase yields, but how to provide financing for their development? Two hectares or less is a small farmer as defined by the World Bank, and today 85% of the farms worldwide is "small", producing for household consumption, not for the market. There are 500 million small farmers worldwide and we have to feed 9 billion people on our earth by 2050. What can microfinance contribute?' Rabobank Funds assist cooperatives in developing countries, with certification, increase of productivity, and improved administration. It also helps to unlock the potential of millions of small farmers at the base of our food pyramid through the strengthening of producer organizations and by using innovative mechanisms in creating new value chains for the farming enterprise by providing better access to (micro)finance.
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