As part of Rabo Private Equity, Rabo F&A Innovation Fund invests seed and early growth capital in innovative companies across the Food & Agri (F&A) supply chains with a geographic focus on Western Europe and the USA.
As proactive investors, we are dedicated to fulfilling a supporting role and building value by leveraging Rabobank’s F&A network, knowledge and position for the benefit of the companies in which we invest.
Rabobank was founded around 120 years ago as an agricultural cooperative in the Netherlands and remains a cooperative to this day. Rabobank holds a unique position in the F&A sector thanks to its activities spanning the value chains from financing local farmers in key regions to working closely with the best known food brands globally.Read more about our History
Rabo recognises and has in-depth knowledge of the food security challenges facing the F&A systems in light of developments relating to population growth, demographics, climate change and the availability of utilities and resources. Together these challenges mean we must ultimately produce more food with fewer inputs in order to ensure sustainability and economic viability in the long term.
As a key financier and player in the international F&A realm, Rabobank is committed to playing a meaningful role in relation to the challenges surrounding food security. This is why Rabobank has set out this commitment in its Banking for Food Strategy.Banking for Food Vision
Rabobank sees innovation in the F&A supply chains as being central to meeting the F&A challenges identified in its Banking for Food Principles. The bank is consequently very proud to set up and commit capital to the Rabo F&A Innovation Fund to help address these challenges.
The Rabo F&A Innovation Fund complements Rabobank’s sponsorship of early stage food and agri initiatives including FoodBytes!, F&A Next, Terra Accelerator among others, and also Rabo’s portfolio venture capital partners including Anterra Capital, Boulder Food Group and SHIFT Invest.
Expected 9 billion mouths to feed by 2050.
66% of the world population is expected to live in urban areas in 2050 compared to 54% today.
Animal protein consumption is set to have doubled between 1999 and 2050.
The world has lost a third of its arable land due to erosion or pollution over the past 40 years.
Around 70% of the freshwater supply is used for irrigation.
Emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries have nearly doubled over the past fifty years and are expected to increase by an additional 30% by 2050.
One third of all the food produced across the global system is ultimately wasted.
More than 40% of food is lost in the pre-consumption stage during harvest, drying, storage and transport.
Up to 50% of all fruit and vegetables are lost through wastage annually.
We seek to build a portfolio of winners in the F&A supply chains that can positively impact the sector in keeping with Rabobank’s Banking for Food Principles:
We invest in Western Europe and the USA
The RFAIF is committed to leveraging Rabobank’s broad and international F&A network to help your business grow.
Our task is to optimally leverage Rabobank’s resources for the benefit of the companies in which we invest.
BioLumic develops UV lighting treatment that changes the way plants grow by using UVB light recipes which drives improved crop consistency, increased yield and enhanced disease resistance.
Virtual fencing and autonomous animal control – enables the creation of virtual fencing anywhere on the farm from a smartphone or Vence web app.
Advancing crop protection chemistry by discovering novel agrochemicals
The Rabo F&A Innovation Fund is part of Rabo Private Equity and is a fully captive investment fund.
Richard joined Rabo Private Equity in 2010 with focus on rolling out Rabobank’s food and agri venture capital and private equity activities internationally. He serves on several Investment Committees and Advisory Boards on behalf of Rabobank, and since 2016 is responsible for the Rabo Food & Agri Innovation Fund.
Richard was previously self-employed in retail and manufacturing. Prior to that he worked for the ANZ Bank structuring and trading interest rate derivatives.
Richard is ACCA qualified and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the National University of Ireland and a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Bristol.
Tom started his career at Rabobank in 2011, and has significant experience in corporate finance, deal structuring and executing M&A transactions across food & agri. Tom has an applied understanding of agriculture having worked in livestock and arable farming, and previously founded and ran an ethical meat business. He is an advisor to a number of UK agribusinesses and is focused on impact investing, providing venture capital to disruptive food & agri start-ups. Tom has a first class Bachelor's degree in Business and Economics from Exeter University.
Daniëlla joined Rabobank in 2015 as a Corporate Management Trainee. Before joining the Rabo F&A Innovation Fund, she was involved in creating and executing bespoke solutions for various corporate clients within the food & agri sector. Daniëlla has a long-standing involvement in innovation in the food & agri space, and co-founded an initiative to assist Kenyan dairy farmers leverage their own operational data to help them grow sustainably and to improve their access to finance. Daniëlla holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics & Business Economics from the University of Utrecht and a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Amsterdam.