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Call for Loan Proposals: Investing in climate smart agriculture in Indonesia and Vietnam

Rabo Foundation invites applications for financial support from qualifying organizations. As a provider of impact funding, we operate worldwide to achieve continuous positive economic, environmental and social impact. We offer organizations that work with smallholder farmers in emerging economies access to finance, knowledge and a network, to increase farmers’ self-sufficiency and ability to produce more sustainably.

For farmer-centric organizations

Rabo Foundation aims to support farmer-centric organizations and pave the way, together with our partners, to self-reliance and promote sustainable, rural development. We support innovative organizations that promote climate smart agriculture by:

    sustainably increasing agricultural productivity and incomes adapting and building resilience to climate change (adaptation) reducing and/or removing greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation), where possible.

As such we partner up with specific target groups, mostly consisting of but not exclusively limited to:

    Farmer producer cooperatives and institutions along the entire food value chain Agriculture-focused Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) SMEs with a tech-enabled business model in the agricultural space Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs) or similar local financial service providers with a focus on the agricultural space

What we offer

Access to finance

Rabo Foundation offers two types of financing instruments for loan amounts between EUR 400,000 to EUR 1,000,000 in EUR or local currency in form of:

    Trade Finance: Revolving loan facility providing advances made on (export) sales contracts with a tenor of maximum 24 months (Indonesia only). Working Capital: Loan facility up to 24 months for working capital purposes

Access to knowledge

We share our knowledge and call on experts to provide Technical Assistance (TA) for capacity building purposes. The insights support organizations to improve their business and impact performance. In this call for proposals TA products are not provided in isolation and only coupled with a funding facility under strict conditions.

Access to networks

We connect with other financiers, sales markets and technical experts. In this way we work together to strengthen the value chain.

Access to innovative solutions

We work together with innovative partners, such as agtech and fintech companies. This gives organizations access to data-driven products and services that enables them to make better choices. In addition, farmers build a digital track record and gain access to tailored services. An in-house team of innovation specialists provide knowledge, and funding related to the development and scaling of agriculture-related digital solutions.

Eligible organizations must fulfil the following criteria:

Successful applications will demonstrate:

Be based in Indonesia or Vietnam.Audited financial statements
Be legally incorporatedSolvency: debt-to-equity ratio < 3
Demonstrate clear and visible potential to achieve sustainable positive impact on the livelihoods of smallholder farmersEBITDA - positive
Focus on promoting Climate Smart Agriculture
Financially sustainable business model with at least three years of track record

Call for Loan Proposal

Do you fulfil these criteria and believe that RF funding can help you making your value chain shorter and working more climate-smart, and/or including the application of technology. Please fill in the loan application form and the financial projections form following the instructions provided therewith. The more impactful and innovative your proposal is, the higher the chances that your proposal will receive funding to make a difference. You are requested to submit your proposal and all supporting documentation no later than March 31, 2024.

Financial Model form

Call for Loan Proposal information

    Your proposal and all supporting documents must be sent to the in PDF format before the closing date stipulated above. Submissions requesting Rabo Foundation to click on links to download documents shall not be accepted. Proposals received after the closing date and time will be rejected. Applications should clearly show operational and financial viability, and be economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. Women entrepreneurs are especially encouraged to apply. Please note that Application form may be submitted in ENGLISH only. For organizations that require this, we offer the possibility to sign an Non-Disclosure-Agreement (NDA) prior to the submission of documents. You can request this by sending an email to ultimately by 29-02-2024.

Important dates

    29-02-2024: Deadline submission of NDA Request 31-03-2024: Deadline submission application form + supporting materials 30-04-2024: If your application is successful, you will have heard from us by this date.