Vredeseilanden and the Government of Indonesia have had a long and fruitful relationship. Through Vredeseilanden’s Country Office (VECO) in Indonesia, smallholder farmers have been enabled and supported to take up their role in rural poverty alleviation and to contribute to sustainably feeding a growing world population. Recognising the importance of this positive relationship, in January 2017, VECO Indonesia and the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to extend the duration of cooperation to another three years starting from 2017 until 2020.
In addition to further extending the time length of the cooperation, the MoU also expanded the scope of VECO Indonesia's partnership with the Government of Indonesia. Within the three-year timeframe VECO Indonesia seeks to work on strengthening socio and economic development for smallholder farmers through rural institutions capacity development in 25 districts and four cities spread across eight provinces in Indonesia. By working with village governments, smallholder farmers would benefit in acquiring support needed to expand their businesses, in turn, making rural communities more independent and sustainable. The program will also increase the village capacities to become more independent in obtaining economic opportunities based on their local resources.