We have a solution to some of the World's most urgent problems.
RF's Regeneration Hub model combines landscape restoration, food security, gender equity and climate resilience. RF partners with local community organizations that serve farmers, as well as social enterprises, funders, impact investors and ethical companies to transition the food and ag industry over to regenerative ingredient sources. We do this through trust filled collaborations with farmers who want to farm in ways that heal the planet.
RF works to share the Regeneration Hub model with smallholder farming communities around the globe who want to adapt the model to their context so they can rapidly improve their own lives. Hubs help meet growing consumer demand for climate action and offers companies a solution to quickly scale up their access to regeneratively grown and ethically sourced ingredients. RF partners are helping thousands of farm families thrive.
Using a franchise model, smallholder farming communities are supported through the Hub adoption process and beyond. We match producer groups with experts and innovations to help them grow superior quality tree crops that ensure local food security first. Hubs help farmers protect biodiversity and draw down carbon. Companies that adopt this model help advance multiple UN Sustainable Development Goals while also helping the farmers they source from. Once up and running, a Hub team can help others build more Hubs to restore a whole landscape.
RF's Hub model helps improve gender equity and builds women's resilience to climate change and other shocks. Farmers learn to grow highly nutritious tree crops, carefully selected to fix nutritional deficiencies that cause birth defects and stunting-a problem that affects 690 million people, nearly 1/3 of all children.
Tree crops are some of the highest in nutrients and are less vulnerable to extreme weather. Hubs help farmers switch to diversified agroforestry farms that are more sustainable and reduce their long term risks. RF has created a powerful model, based on leading innovations and that prioritizes gender and climate considerations.
The original Hub-The Masarang sugar palm factory
The first Hubs were designed in Indonesia by Dr. Willie Smits and his brother Theo at the Masarang Foundation. Dr. Smits knew that to halt destruction of Orangutan forest habitats, the Hubs had to help local people meet their basic needs, earn an income and access other important benefits. The Hub helped local people build systems for collaboration. Traditional sugar tappers worked together to plant more forests with the Sugar Palm trees. In return for both the land and farming income, the villagers must protect the rainforest and the animals that live there.
PLANT TREES | PROTECT BIODIVERSITY | EMPOWER WOMEN FARMERS
What we do
Agroforestry as an alternative to monocropping
The regeneration hub is centered around a multi layered tropical agroforestry system. In this way, the responsible management of local forests is incentivized for local people. The diversity varies by region and can include tree nuts, perennial staple crops, coconuts, spices, pineapple, vanilla, dragon fruit, banana, shade-grown coffee and cacao, rubber, essential oils, medicinals, superfoods, bamboo, & biofuels.
Changing villages one micro-factory at a time
The factories are made with off-the-shelf components that fit in 3 shipping containers. It can start out small, serving 40 families, and grow to serve over 6000. The system design is adaptable and can be converted to process a wide array of local crops.
Overwhelming community benefits
Regeneration hubs not only create diverse streams of income, they also produce all the basic essentials for a rural village to be self-sufficient and resilient. The micro-factories are equipped to generate biofuels to power a generator for electricity for clinics, schools, clean cookstoves and transport. Hubs also produce clean drinking water and organic fertilizer. The governance and profits stay in the community