About us

Who we are

Rikolto (formerly VECO/Vredeseilanden) is an international NGO with its international office in Leuven, Belgium. Rikolto has more than 40 years' experience partnering with farmers' organisations and food chain actors across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Rikolto runs programmes in 15 countries worldwide through seven regional offices. We’re a close-knit network of accessible and knowledgeable colleagues, willing to share experience and eager to inspire others.

Rikolto in Indonesia operates in 7 provinces and focuses on 5 main commodities (rice, coffee, cocoa, cinnamon, seaweed) and 2 thematic initiatives (Food Smart City and Payment for Ecosystem Services).

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Tagline

What will we eat tomorrow?

‘What will we eat tomorrow?’ It is a crucial question for consumers, farmers, agri-food companies and policymakers alike. For some, it is about the choices they make to improve our food system. For others, facing food shortages, it is a ‘literal’ question they struggle with every day. The question is becoming more important when the world is dealing with growing population, changing climate and the ageing of global farmers. 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 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.

Our Mission

Rikolto envisions a world with sustainable production and consumption systems that allow eradication of poverty and hunger. Rikolto enables and supports smallholder farmers to take up their role in rural poverty alleviation and to contribute to sustainably feeding a growing world population.

Our goals

A new generation of profitable farmers is enabled via innovative practices to meet the growing demand from urban consumers for sustainably produced agricultural commodities, in a healthy environment.

How we do it

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 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.

FAQs

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'.

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.

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

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.

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.

We have been operating in Indonesia for more than 30 years

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).

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.

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