Rabobank is dedicated to being a leading customer-centric cooperative bank in the Netherlands and a leading food and agri bank in the world. In its Banking for Food strategy Rabobank identifies promoting balanced, healthy nutrition as one of the four dimensions of food security.
Banking for Food is Rabobank’s vision on global food security and the role of the bank. Rabobank has identified ‘promoting balanced, healthy nutrition’ as one of the four dimensions of food security. Rabobank acknowledges that it is not enough to focus on agricultural output, affordability and distribution – food also has to be safe and nutritious. Diverse and balanced diets are vital to cover nutritional requirements. Education and information on healthy nutrition and the handling, preparing and storing of food are essential. The role that Rabobank can take is as a provider of financial solutions, knowledge and access to networks.
- Rabobank is currently forming a coalition with a number of strategic partners, from the food production industry, retail and health care organisations, to develop a broad-based vision with respect to food and health (Food & Health Diagnosis). The coalition will explore the opportunities for innovation where the food industry and the care sector overlap and will focus on the shift from care of the sick to preventive care and the role that food can play in this.
- Rabobank Foundation is a partner in the ‘Amsterdam Initiative against Malnutrition’ and within this initiative contributes to:
- ‘Vegetable to All’ project in Kenya, that aims to make interventions at key points in the supply chain for vegetables, to improve access to locally produced vegetables as a vital component of a balanced diet
- Improved access to finance in all the projects identified within the Initiative.
- Rabobank is one of the signatories of a Memorandum of Understanding, aiming at establishing a platform promoting food security and nutrition by linking smallholder farmers in developing countries to markets. This platform is developed in collaboration with the World Food Programme and supply chain partners.