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ICCO helps farmers and small businesses grow

As of January 1st 2021, Cordaid and ICCO have decided to join forces. Sharing Christian values, we will combine networks, knowledge, and organisational infrastructure. This will increase our impact in addressing today’s and tomorrow’s global challenges.


There are several reasons to make this bold move. Firstly, we have a lot in common. We share the same vision: a world where everyone can live life in good health and in dignity. Where people can break through barriers of poverty and exclusion, influence decisions that affect them and participate in equitable and resilient societies. A world with an economy not driven by greed and growth, but by inclusivity, social justice and gender equality.

Having emerged from Christian social traditions, both Cordaid’s and ICCO’s foundation lies in the values of human dignity, justice, and compassion. We participate in like-minded, often faith-based networks, on grassroots, national and international levels.

By joining forces, we are defragmenting the Dutch development sector. This makes us more in sync with society and more adapted to the needs of international development.

We will continue as one organisation, under the name of Cordaid, with one global office in The Hague. By combining our international in-country infrastructure, networks, and knowledge, and with geographic and thematic complementarity of a joint organisation, we increase our scope and scale and become more cost-efficient.

This allows us to create more social impact and strengthens our position in the increasingly tight and competitive funding market.
We believe that together we can better make our mark in addressing today’s and tomorrow’s global challenges. In standing side by side with the many millions who take the first and biggest blows. And we reach out to people of all backgrounds and faiths who want to act in solidarity.

About ICCO

ICCO Cooperation is a global, non-governmental organization. We work towards a world in which people can live in dignity and well-being, a world without poverty and injustice.

Originally, the meaning of the acronym ICCO is Interkerkelijk Coördinatie Commissie Ontwikkelingshulp (= Interchurch Coordination Committee Development Aid).

The founder of ICCO was Jo Verkuyl. He worked as a missionary preacher in Indonesia, a man with an unconventional approach to aid in developing countries. As one of the very few in his time, Verkuyl believed that development work should be focused on the needs of the poor. He was convinced that all changes start at a community level.

Compassion, justice and stewardship: these were the three values on which founding Verkuyl, protestant churches and Dutch civil society organizations established ICCO in 1964 on December 30th.

This systemic change demands patience and a multi-stakeholder approach. We adopt inclusive social change and enhance a business-oriented way of working.

ICCO’s mission

ICCO is an independent non-governmental organization with business features. Our aim is to secure the livelihoods and rights of farmers and small businesses in low and middle-income countries.

Despite the fall in the number of people living in extreme poverty in the past decades, poverty remains pervasive and inequalities continue to increase. Millions of people are unable to realize their full potential.

We envision a world where people are empowered to build sustainable livelihoods within a society that upholds their rights. Our mission is to strengthen sustainable agricultural systems and realize resilient communities, with a special focus on women and youth.

Half of the world’s population is employed in the agricultural sector, with 75% of all farmers estimated to be living in poverty. Over 800 million people suffer hunger, two billion experience micronutrients deficiencies.


Current systems of agricultural production are neither sustainable nor sufficiently efficient to ensure food and nutrition security for present and future generations. ICCO strives to put value chains in place to grow, harvest, store, process, pack, transport, market and consume food, as well as to dispose of food waste.

We trigger positive changes in markets to transform agricultural systems. Markets that are inclusive, and accessible for smallholders farmers, agripreneurs and small businesses, as well as environmentally and financially sustainable. We want to ensure the viability of small-farm and business economies as a contribution to the fight against poverty and undernourishment.

Strategy and goals

ICCO’s strategy to strengthen sustainable agricultural systems contributes to 3 interlinked goals:

Food and nutrition security
We strengthen the capacities of individual households to produce sufficient food, while also earning an income from farming.

Economic empowerment
We support poor farmers and producer organizations to seize economic opportunities to improve and sustain farmers’ livelihoods.

Emergency response
We create resilient communities that are adequately prepared for, and can effectively respond to disasters.

Companies and businesses

ICCO has founded the following companies:

Truvalu develops fair and inclusive agrifood chains

FairClimateFund provides poor households access to clean cooking by selling carbon credits

Fair & Sustainable Consulting
Fair & Sustainable Consulting offers services in development cooperation

Capital 4 Development Partners invests in SMEs that create impact.