In 2017, Felipe Villela and Marco de Boer found their common ground in preventing the deforestation and deteriorating situation of small-holder farmers. Partly due to the industrialisation of agriculture, an increasing use of external input is needed to guarantee sufficient yield. In addition, the consequences of climate change in agriculture are tangible. Together they planned to do something about this and set up reNature Foundation (Stichting reNature).
The reNature Foundation promotes regenerative agroforestry systems to help farmers get out of this situation and gain confidence in nature-inclusive agriculture.
Future Focus of the reNature Foundation
In the first two years, the reNature foundation has been able to draw attention to regenerative agroforestry with small donations and has seen Felipe Villela take the stage at several events. This attention has led to a rapidly increasing demand for agroforestry systems worldwide. The implementation thereof has been placed with reNature Investments BV.
The reNature Foundation aims to raise funds by dividing them into:
Grants for social impact
reNature realizes Model Farms and Model Schools which generates great social impact for local communities. A reNature model farm covers 1 to 5 hectares for which a product-specific production system has been developed that serves as inspiration for the surrounding farms. At a reNature model school, farmers and communities are actively involved in a three-year educational program. These two “products” can be funded with institutional or private donations.
Grants for research
Evidence is needed to promote agroforestry. Measuring the effect of regenerative agriculture and agroforestry is still in its infancy. The reNature Foundation has set up its own science team that is researching this together with button limited to Wageningen. This research can be financed with institutional and private donations or with the foundation’s own money.
Grants for promotion
Promotion of regenerative practices remains an important factor in achieving the goals of the reNature Foundation and can only be financed with institutional and private donations.
Individual donations to the Foundation
The reNature Foundation does not only think big. Many of the submitted projects are local initiatives which are too often neglected by the global players. Too small, too much work, too less effect. The foundation thinks otherwise. Individual donations are saved up each calendar year and will go to such a local initiative, to help smallholder farmers and other local organisations in their transition to regenerative agricultural practices.
reNature Foundation’s annual reports
In the three years of the foundation, we see an exponential growth in revenue. Where in 2018, the foundation activities where mainly covered by the founders, in 2019 the foundation welcomed the first serious donations. In 2020, the donations where multiplied. by 10. The foundation is happy to see the growing awareness.