Rikolto's programme in East Africa aims at fostering sustainable food production and consumption, and to ensure a fair share for all by unlocking the sustainable farming potential of a critical mass of smallholder farmers. Reaching this critical mass can only be achieved through changes at the structural level through improvements of the institutional and business environment. In order to contribute to making sustainable production & consumption the new norm, Rikolto is applying a combination of three strategies:
Strengthening partner capacities for collective actions by improving farmer organisations’ technical, organisational and business skills, and facilitating market linkages between chain actors;
Fostering innovation by investing in innovative methodologies to promote new inclusive & sustainable business models and using technology to link consumers with safe food markets;
Supporting an enabling environment for East Africa smallholders and creating/reinforcing sustainability alliances and platforms.