The goal of feeding the ever increasing population, addressing changing needs and preferences of the people as well as pushing the necessity to use resources in a sustainable manner, presents many challenges, such as environmental pressure, but it also provides many opportunities. As the leading global food & agriculture bank, Rabobank is determined to contribute to overcoming challenges and seizing opportunities for growth. Together with our clients, partners and colleagues worldwide, we believe that we all need to contribute to the four dimensions of food security:
- Increasing the availability of food
- Improving access to food
- Promoting balanced, healthy nutrition
- Increasing stability
While our view on these dimensions of food security shape our understanding of the challenge of “guaranteeing healthy, safe, and sufficient food for everyone,” we also acknowledge that these challenges are highly interconnected and complex. We understand that no one new business model or technology will be able to address all elements of these interconnected and complex global food challenges. Rabobank believes that it is crucial to encourage, support, and promote an ecosystem full of different business models and viewpoints that will drive innovative solutions. We believe our key role in supporting this type of ecosystem is to promote and facilitate connections throughout the entire food and agriculture value chain. In particular, we aim to offer and facilitate access to finance, knowledge and networks, we aim to help the food ecosystem succeed.
One of the initiatives developed by Rabobank, that seeks to promote and facilitate these connections, is FoodBytes!, a series of transformational events in the food, agribusiness, and technology space. These events are designed to connect food industry leaders and investors with startup companies that are innovating and disrupting the food chain with groundbreaking ideas in food, agribusiness and technology. Rabobank has been investing in the food and agriculture industries for over 100 years, and new challenges are arising from increased demand for food, changing consumer preferences and the need for sustainable food production. We want to help spur the leaders and technology solutions that will help address the world’s food challenges. Through FoodBytes!, we can leverage our experience and knowledge to connect innovators with investors, and create a platform to turn today’s new ideas and technologies into tomorrow’s solutions.
We intend to continue working to develop this ecosystem around the four dimensions of food security and to make sure that the knowledge, networks and access to finance that will come from this will help create the technological changes that will solve the future food challenge of more food, for more people, with the same resources in a sustainable way.