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Putting the farmer at the heart of society

Putting the farmer at the heart of society

Rurality

When we think of supply chains, we tend to think of large operations. However, smallholder farms still grow much of our world’s food today.

For example, 40% of Indonesia’s palm oil is produced by small-scale farmers. Though they are often the forgotten face of supply chains, efforts to maintain food security and ecosystem services are inextricably linked to these farms.

Rurality leverages the power of local and global supply chains by engaging with suppliers, producers and brands to drive change and transformation that creates value for all, particularly for farmers. We see smallholders as entrepreneurs who sometimes lack the tools to realise their vision. So, we take a business-minded approach to working with them to develop their skills, their connections and their resilience; improving their livelihoods in the process. Rurality doesn’t believe in one-size-fits-all solutions, instead we work with farmers in the field to understand their needs and develop solutions that suit them.

Facts

Working with smallholders across 11 countries.
We’ve engaged over 1500 farmers since 2015.
We’re working with 60+ number of partners.

Our solution

Rurality drives change by enhancing farmers’ resilience, empowering them while respecting the environment and reinforcing their relationship with factories and traders along the supply chain. We work on the ground to understand farmers’ challenges. We build trust and partnerships to create innovative and scalable solutions together. We act as a bridge for farmers, connecting them to peers and stakeholders, empowering farmers to define their own journey.

Projects

Rurality, Langga Payung, Indonesia

Smallholders in Golden Agri-Resources and Nestlé's supply chains are working with Rurality in Langga Payung.

Rurality, Peranap, Indonesia

Rurality is working alongside Reckitt Benckiser to support smallholders in Peranap.

Rurality, Soubré, Ivory Coast

Rurality is working with Nestlé and other stakeholders to transform smallholders' lives in Soubré.

News & Stories

Jan 27, 2019

The Forest Trust announces major rebrand and a broader strategic direction

Jan 11, 2019

How Rurality is supporting farmers in Peru

Nov 14, 2018

TFT publishes fifth palm oil paper

Join the Earthworm Journey

As a member-based organisation, we know that collaboration is key to success and that everyone has a role to play in creating balance between people and nature. We are always open to hearing from potential new members or clients, interested investors or partners and those who just want to learn more. Please get in touch!

Invest in a solution

To create real, lasting change we know we need to maximise the impact of our solutions. If you want to be a part of this journey, reach out to us and together we can make change happen.

Share an idea
Do you have an idea that could help transform a supply chain or play a part in the fight against climate change? We fully appreciate the power of ideas and collaboration. So, please get in touch and share your thoughts.
Ask a question
Want to know more about our work on the ground? Whether you work in sustainability, journalism or are simply curious about what we do, we’re happy to answer your query.

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Jan 25, 2019

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