The European Cooperative for Rural Development (EUCORD), formally registered as “Coöperatieve EUCORD U.A.”, is a Brussels-based non-profit organization incorporated under Dutch Cooperative Law.
We were created in 2003 with the intention to become Winrock International’s European affiliate. Winrock International is a US based NGO with roots in the Rockefeller family’s philanthropic mission of rural and agricultural development. While still an affiliate of Winrock, EUCORD is an autonomous non-profit organization registered as co-operative in the Netherlands.
EUCORD’s mission: Increase farmers’ capacity to sustainably grow quality crops matched to commercial needs of the agribusiness sector and in doing so, increase food security, develop the private sector and improve the livelihoods of rural communities.
EUCORD's vision: More prosperous and entrepreneurially oriented rural communities in developing countries.
EUCORD is unique in its aim to actively promote partnerships between civil society organizations, corporations that are investing in developing countries, and development agencies. EUCORD fosters and facilitates partnerships between the NGO (civil society), public (national and local governments) and private (multinational, national, local) sectors through projects that provide access to credit and low-cost high-quality inputs, create value chains, promote education and training, and organize farmers.
Benefiting from the long-term project implementation and management experience of its senior staff, EUCORD has built over the past decade a strong and reliable project implementation capacity. EUCORD currently has over 40 full time staff and program activities in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Uganda.
- We are experts in creating and implementing public-private partnerships in the agricultural sector, ensuring value chain development and agricultural innovation.
- We act as a matchmaker between farmers and private enterprises to create sustainable and viable agricultural business models and increase access to markets
- We develop and implement programs for Africa's farmers so that they may increase services, gender based priorities and sustainable practices into all projects.