Agriculture: Oikocredit’s area of strategic focus
Oikocredit Canada Newsletter
December 2016

Sustainable Agriculture: Oikocredit’s focus area bears fruit

Oikocredit has made sustainable agriculture a key focus since farming is one of the best ways to raise incomes and improve lives in the developing world. It has been three years since we announced we would invest more in agricultural financing. Now is a good time to take a look at some of the success stories.

This edition also features a letter from Jack Vanderkooy, President of the new Oikocredit Canada Support Association, on plans to broaden Oikocredit's reach across Canada. We also feature news on our recent announcement to make Oikocredit better available to Canadian accredited investors, the latest facts and figures from around the world, and an introduction to our new credit director, Hann Verheijen.


Announcing the Oikocredit Canada Support Association

Oikocredit Canada President Jack Vanderkooy explains how the creation of a new national support association will accelerate member engagement and public awareness in Canada.

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Oikocredit and the Deetken Group announce exempt market dealing agreement

Organizations agree to work together to improve access to Oikocredit to accredited investors in Canada.

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Working with local producers

Greenforest Foods Ltd, a Kenyan producer of honey and nuts, is helping to revitalize the local economy by sourcing from local farmers. CEO Athanas Matheka explains his pioneering approach to peanut farming.

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Supporting Rwanda’s coffee sector

Rwanda’s coffee sector is booming and positively impacting the lives of many smallholder farmers. Rusizi Specialty Coffee works with 2,000 farmers and three coffee cooperatives to produce high-quality coffee. 

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Desert land blooms again

SEKEM, our agricultural partner in Egypt, has engaged in organic farming at the edge of the desert for almost forty years. Some of our investors are visiting SEKEM this week to learn more about the organization. 

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Introducing our new credit director

Hann Verheijen started as credit director of Oikocredit International on 1 October. In the interview he talks about what motivates him, his experience as director of Oikocredit Netherlands, and his vision for his new role.

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Oikocredit facts & figures

Our facts and figures for the 3rd quarter of 2016 include capital outstanding, total number of partners and countries where we invest as well as an overview of our funding by type, region and sector.

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About the header image

Pictured is Todor Milano, a mechanic and member of the production consumer cooperative Iskra in Morava (Bulgaria). It produces a variety of crops on its members’ plots and provides agro-technical services.

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