About us

Rikolto in Indonesia (previously VECO Indonesia) is a member of Rikolto, an international NGO with its International Office in Leuven, Belgium.

What will we eat tomorrow?

The incredible variety of food on our plates is not to be taken for granted. To keep up with the ever-growing world population in a changing climate, the food sector needs more stable supply chains to provide affordable food for all, today and tomorrow.

This challenge is critical:

  • By 2050, the global population is projected to exceed 9.6 billion. Global food production will need to increase by 50 percent to meet this challenge, which will be particularly acute in rapidly expanding urban areas.

  • Soil quality and water resources are already depleting and the impact of climate change is further aggravating this development.

  • Low prices and poverty are forcing farmers from the land and young people are turning their backs on a future in agriculture.

Rikolto (formerly VECO) believes family farms are a big part of the solution. Together they produce 70% of our food worldwide, but individually they're often cut out of the trade, ending up in poverty and leaving their huge potential untapped. Change on a global scale demands that food markets become more inclusive and offer value to all actors in the food chain. Smallholder farmers must be offered a fair deal.

Rikolto is ready to meet this challenge…

We empower farmer groups to become solid business partners and implement future-proof, sustainable practices. We support them so that their products meet quality standards. We connect them with innovators in the food industry to explore new ways of doing business.

... to change the recipe of our food system forever

Rikolto builds bridges of trust and trade, between the food industry, governments, research institutions, banks and farmer organisations around this one central question: ‘What will we eat tomorrow?’. We plant and harvest new solutions, making the food system more transparent, so consumers are able to make a sustainable choice.

Our Mission

Rikolto in Indonesia enables and supports smallholder farmers to take up their role in rural poverty alleviation and to contribute to feeding a growing world population in a sustainable way.

Our Goals

  • Sustainable sourcing of Coffee, Cocoa, Rice and Cinnamon from private sector enables the inclusion of smallholder farmers in Java, Sulawesi, Flores and Sumatra in agriculture value chains.

  • Sustainable rice production of good standard quality that is benefiting smallholders and consumers

Our History

Rikolto in Indonesia was started in Flores around 1960 under the name Florescommittee, which was established by a Belgium missionary, Pater Rene Daem. Then in 1973, Pater Rene Daem changed it to “Vereniging Zonder Winstoogmerk” or VZW, which is equivalent to the Foundation.

As the VZW Floresvrienden grew bigger and established better relationship with international donors, it then transformed to Flemish Organisation for Assistance in Development or known as FADO.

In the beginning of 2001, three Belgian development organisations: Vredeseilanden, FADO and COOPIBO merged into one organisation under the name Vredeseilanden or known as VECO (VredesEilanden Country Office).

By October 16, 2017, VECO Indonesia officially replaced its name to Rikolto that means Harvest in Esperanto Language.

Over four decades, this organisation has been working on several focused-topics such as Low External Input Sustainable Agriculture (LEISA), Sustainable Agriculture Chain Development (SACD), Inclusive Business, and Inclusive and Sustainable Food System.

Rikolto: a nimble network organisation

Rikolto is an international NGO with more than 40 years of experience in partnering with farmer organisations and food chain actors across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Rikolto runs programmes in 14 countries worldwide through eight regional offices. We’re a close-knit network of accessible and knowledgeable colleagues, willing to share experience and eager to inspire others.

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Why VECO Indonesia changed its name to Rikolto?

There are several practical reasons for the change of Rikolto's name:

  1. In Belgium, the name of Vedeseilandenveco has been widely known by the public, about 75% of Belgian people know the logo. However, many people in Belgium think that our scope of work is in the field of humanitarian and peace ('Vredeseilanden' can be translated as 'Island of Peace');

  2. Our name has a negative connotation focusing on charity activities that can be a barrier to network development;

  3. At the international level, there is confusion between the use of Vredeseilanden and VECO. In Belgium, we are known as Vredeseilanden while in seven regional offices in other countries, we are known as VECO which stands for 'VredesEilanden Country Office'.

Why Rikolto is chosen as a new name?

Rikolto means 'harvest' in the Esperanto language. We do not only want farmers to ripe plenty of commodities but also to create new ideas and solutions in improving the quality of our food system.

Does the changed-name mean that the organisation also change its legal entity?

No, we do not. Currently, our status remains an International NGO. Though, we aim to register Rikolto as a local organisation in Indonesia.

What is the legal basis for Rikolto's cooperation with the Government of Indonesia?

  • In cooperation with the Directorate General of Rural Government (Ditjen Bina Pemdes) - formerly DG PMD - under the coordination of the Ministry of Home Affairs since 1998.
  • The MoU was valid for 3 years (2014-2016), has been extended on January 16, 2017 for the next 3 (2017-2020) years.

What is Rikolto's new tagline?

In Indonesia, Rikolto's tagline is "Bagaimana Masa Depan Pangan Kita? / What Will We Eat Tomorrow". This tagline represents the sustainability and inclusion of Indonesian food systems.

What is Rikolto's new logo?

The colour of our logo is light green. We replaced our logo, yet still leaving the unique characteristic of the green Vitruvian Man image in the middle of the Rikolto logo, which the image is inspired by the painting of an Italian artist, Leonardo da Vinci.

How many years has Rikolto been in Indonesia?

We have been operating in Indonesia for more than 30 years

Where are Rikolto Indonesia's working areas?

Rikolto in Indonesia operates in 25 districts and 4 cities in 8 provinces in the Indonesia archipelago (Jambi, West Java, Central Java, East Java, Bali, West Sulawesi, South Sulawesi, East Nusa Tenggara).

What is the organisational form of Rikolto?

Since January 1, 2017, Rikolto becomes an international networking organisation with an International office based in Leuven, Belgium. Legally, it's a Public Interest Foundation.

Where does Rikolto run its programmes?

Rikolto runs programmes in 14 countries around the world with 8 regional offices such as Belgium, Mesoamérica, West Africa, East Africa, Indonesia, Vietnam, Andino.