NpM and Rabobank Foundation launch Board of Inspiration 'Geodata for inclusive finance and food'

17 February, 2017

Pierre van Hedel (Director Rabobank Foundation): "Food security is the main focus of the Rabobank. The Board aims to promote the usage of information services based on geodata, which are mainly derived from satellites, to increase access to finance for smallholder farmers and agro-entrepreneurs in developing countries."

Current innovations and possibilities of satellite data and other ICT applications were presented 16 February 2017 at the conference "Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food" organised by NpM, Platform for Inclusive Finance, Rabobank Foundation and the Netherlands Space Office (NSO). The publication 'Geodata and ICT Solutions for Inclusive Finance and Food Security' shows that small-scale farmers are increasingly using ICT applications. Training of farmers to apply it on a large scale is essential. Universities, companies, governments, UN agencies and NGOs are working more closely together in this field. The publication is based on an analysis of 250 projects, you can access the ICT map with all 250 cases here. In order to implement these innovations well, must pay more attention to adequate legislation and regulations.

Photo from left to right:

  • Andre Kuipers, astronaut European Space Agency
  • Josien Sluijs, directeur NpM platform for Inclusive Finance
  • Esther Muiruri, General Manager, Agribusiness at Equity Group
  • Dr. Peter Munga, Chairman Board of Directors, Equity Bank
  • Pierre van Hedel, directeur Rabobank Foundation




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