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Rabobank fund seeks investments in Southeast Asia, Central America by Neil Ramsden February 10,2017   |  Source: Undercurrent News

The Rabobank Rural Fund (RRF), which supports the growth of sustainable and ethical companies, intends to increase its investment portfolio in aquaculture and fisheries, senior investment manager Ellen Bogers told Undercurrent News.

Until 2014, the fund concentrated mainly on backing enterprises which alleviate poverty and benefit small farmers, in sectors such as coffee and cocoa.

But the plan now is to further up the amount of work it does in seafood, with aquaculture a particular focus, she said.

Rabobank Indonesia's Richard Barus, from the Food & Agri Research team, presented on behalf of RRF at the Aquaculture Innovation Challenge event in December, held in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

Organized by Netherlands-based sustainability group the Seafood Trade Intelligence Portal, as well as Fresh Studio and Solidaridad, the event is intended as an annual event to spur developments in the sector.

“Aquaculture and fisheries in Southeast Asia and Latin America, for example, are often located in areas where access to funding is difficult, and where there is great poverty,” said Bogers.

“RRF strictly limits itself to backing ventures which will benefit communities economically, as well as being sustainable operations.”

Bogers herself is in the process of

Theme(s): Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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