Rikolto is an international NGO with more than 40 years’ experience in partnering farmer organisations and food chain stakeholders across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Rikolto runs programmes in 18 countries worldwide through seven regional offices. Rikolto’s mission is to work towards a sustainable income for farmers and nutritious, affordable food for everyone.
We reach our goals by building bridges between smallholder farmer organisations, companies, authorities and other actors across rural and urban areas. Together, we create innovative ways of accessing, distributing and producing nutritious, quality food, so no one is left behind. Through our global network, we seek to inspire others to tackle with us the inter-related challenges of food insecurity, climate change, and economic inequality.
1.1. Rikolto’s 2022-2026 strategy
In 2021, the organisation launched its 2022-2026 strategy to enable consumers in at least 30 major and intermediate cities to access affordable and nutritious food, produced sustainably by more than 300,000 smallholders, belonging to more than 250 farmer organisations or related groups.
Our global Sustainable Rice, Cocoa & Coffee and Good Food for Cities/GF4C (previously known as Food Smart Cities) programmes, will seek change in three key food system domains where Rikolto has particular strength:
- Sustainable production base
- Inclusive markets
- Enabling environments
While this strategy builds on the 2017-2021 strategy and Rikolto’s added value, it also represents a move towards embracing our work from the perspective of the food system. We recognise the need to engage more actively with stakeholders in areas related to our core business, such as nutrition, health, social inequality, and urban governance. These collaborations will prove critical in delivering our mission: a sustainable income for farmers and nutritious, affordable food for everyone.
The programmes will test innovations in those domains through initiatives aimed at triggering structural changes to address the challenges that food systems pose. In addition, we will ensure strong emphasis on gender and youth throughout Rikolto’s work and make concerted efforts to reduce biodiversity loss and environmental damage, address climate change impacts, and enhance food system resilience in the face of shocks and crises.
We anticipate that the GF4C programme, which connects the urban consumers and rural producers, will become the central component of Rikolto´s work, contributing strategically to the achievement of sustainable food systems. These systems must allow consumers to access affordable and nutritious food that is produced sustainably by smallholder farmers, earning incomes that enable them to achieve dignified livelihoods and build resilience into farming, whilst regenerating their farms and the natural resources on which these rely.
1.2. Rikolto’s programme in Indonesia
In Indonesia, Rikolto implements programme in commodity (rice, cocoa and coffee) and good food for cities programmes.
1.3. Rikolto’s organisational structure
The launch of this new strategy coincides with the culmination of a major overhaul in organisational structure, initiated in 2017 with Rikolto’s rebranding and decentralisation. As of 2022, the main programme management structure will shift from regional offices to global programmes: Sustainable Rice, Cocoa & Coffee and GF4C.
These programmes, composed of representatives from each regional team and a global programme director, have been in the driver’s seat of the new strategy design and will continue to lead programme management at the global level. This ensures strategy alignment in all the countries we operate (with local accents), opens the door for internal learning and enables leveraging evidence generated worldwide in relevant global spaces.
It is also important to know that the responsibility for M&E processes at regional and country level is placed entirely within the local programme teams. We do not have any local staff that is specifically dedicated to M&E, just 2 coordinators at global level.