What will we eat tomorrow?

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Rikolto (formerly Vredeseilanden) is an international network organisation with more than 40 years’ experience in partnering with farmer organisations and food chain stakeholders across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.  A sustainable income for farmers and nutritious, affordable food for everyone: this is what Rikolto works for. We reach our goals by building bridges between smallholder farmer organisations, companies, authorities and other actors across rural and urban areas. Together, we create innovative ways of accessing, distributing and producing nutritious, quality food, so no one is left behind. Through our global network, we wish to inspire others to tackle with us the inter-related challenges of food insecurity, climate change, and economic inequality. Because a better world starts on our plate.



In 1958, Dominique Pire, the founder of the Islands of Peace, received the Nobel Peace Prize for helping World War II refugees and victims. In 1962, based on the idea that development is impossible without peace, Dominique Pire established the first Island of Peace in Gohira, Bangladesh. In 1980, Vredeseilanden became an organisation independent from the Islands of Peace and, in 2001, it merged with Coopibo and FADO under the name of Vredeseilanden. Since the merger, the organisation was called Vredeseilanden in Belgium. Programmes outside Belgium were run through 7 VredesEilanden Country Offices (VECO). That’s why, outside Belgium, the organisation was mainly known as VECO. In 2016-2017 the organisation became an international network organisationRebranding into Rikolto was the following step (meaning 'harvest' in Esperanto language).


Projects and Activities in Latin and Central America, Africa and Asia

To reach its objectives, Rikolto works in 15 countries with 129 partner organisations (mainly farming organisations) in Latin America (Ecuador, Peru, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala), Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Dem Republic of Congo, Senegal, Mali Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana) and Asia (Indonesia and Vietnam). Over 65,000 men and 33,000 women received our support in 2019. These are our focus topics:

  • Food Smart Cities: how do we provide quality food to an increasing urban population? And how do we do this in such a way that the effects of climate change are mitigated, the environment is not damaged further and smallholder farmers are valued as key protagonists in sustainable urban food systems?
  • Inclusive Business: When we talk about inclusive business, we mean serious business. It’s all about doing business with a long-term outlook, fulfilling the needs of farmers and buyers alike.
  • #YouthinAg: Opening up opportunities for young people in the agri-food sector
  • Sustainable cocoa: building resilient cocoa farming communities
  • Sustainable rice for all: fewer greenhouse gas emissions from rice fields and better market access for farmers

Projects and Activities in Belgium

In Belgium, Rikolto focuses on the one hand on making the purchasing policy of food companies and supermarkets more sustainable. On the other hand, we are working with our GoodFood@School programme on a healthy and sustainable food policy for all Flemish schools. Change does not happen by itself. It only happens when enough people take action. That's why Rikolto is above all a movement of people. People who give support, people who raise funds, people who build the same dream in their company, school or organisation. Walking, cycling, donating, organizing an action,... Rikolto (Vredeseilanden) only exists thanks to thousands of people who share their time and energy to realise our dream.


Concrete Needs

Financial Support:

Discover our projects across the world.

Volunteers in Belgium

  • Logistic support for annual campaigns
  • Encouraging their community to become a Fair Trade community
  • Translations
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