Agriterra, The Netherlands
Agriterra provides high quality, and hands-on advice, training and exchange services, to cooperatives and farmer organisations with maximum impact for socio-economically strong and productive rural areas. In 2018, with 117 employees, Agriterra advises 208 cooperatives in 17 countries. With our programme we reach more than 500.000 farmers yearly. During the last two years we have already mobilised more than 20 million euro made available through policy changes and more than 40 cooperatives are linked to banks with mobilised loans for working capital or investments of more than 15 million euro, while 33 clients have a processing facility with increased production.
Through professionalising and strengthening cooperatives in Latin America, Africa and Asia, Agriterra contributes to positive economic development and better income distribution. Farmers organised in strong, competitive and trustworthy cooperatives are indispensable for a vibrant rural economy, fostering agricultural development and off-farm employment in rural areas. Agriterra draws on a century of cooperative knowledge in the Netherlands disclosed via its extensive network in the Dutch agri-food sector. These experts and agripool experts from farmers organisations all over the world, work together with business advisors from the Netherlands and national business advisors in the countries where Agriterra staff is based.
Agriterra was founded in 1997 by the Dutch rural people's organisations: LTO Noord, ZLTO and LLTB (united in LTO Nederland, the Dutch Federation of Agriculture and Horticulture), the Vrouwen-van-Nu (former Dutch Foundation of Cooperating Women's Organisations), the National Cooperative Council (NCR), the Dutch Agricultural Youth Organisation (NAJK), which are also represented in the Board of Agriterra.
Willemsplein 42, NL-6811 KD Arnhem, The Netherlands
Phone: +31 26 44 55 445, Fax: +31 26 44 55 978
Twitter: @Agriterra and @KeesbloklandPhD
Land- en Tuinbouworganisatie Nederland
LTO Nederland (Land- en Tuinbouw Organisatie) is the Dutch Federation of Agriculture and Horticulture, an entrepreneurial and employers’ organisation. Representing almost 50,000 agricultural entrepreneurs, the cooperative arrangement of LTO Noord, ZLTO and LLTB - the three regional agricultural organisations in The Netherlands - works in support of their economic and social position.
Development cooperation is part of the corporate social responsibility strategy of each of the regional organisations. Aimed is at improving social and market conditions of agricultural entrepreneurs in developing countries. This is done mainly via strengthening organisational structures, such as cooperatives.