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Who We Are

Avalon is an international foundation based in the Netherlands that specialises in managing and implementing international organic farming projects. Since its establishment in 1991, Avalon has implemented over 150 projects in 33 countries (23 European, 8 Asian and 2 African countries). Its significant donors include the European Commission (DG Agriculture and DG Environment), the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Global Environmental Facility Fund (GEF), Dutch Ministries (Agriculture, Nature Conservation, Environment, Economic Affairs), Ministries from other European countries (a.o. Germany, Austria, Denmark, and Croatia), Dutch Postcode Lottery and several private foundations.

Avalon has served the organic movement for over thirty years, facilitating a transition to greener agriculture. It is a true organic pioneer and has passed through all stages of the sector's development. Avalon has an excellent overview of the international organic arena and knows "who is who" in the sector—and all key players know Avalon. Avalon stands for quality, integrity, and credibility.


Nearly 50 donors, including international organisations, national and regional governments, associations, and private organisations, financed our projects and work:  

International organisations: GEF - the Global Environment Facility, UNDP - United Nations Development Program, UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services

European Commission (Horizon2020, Life-NGOs, DG Environment, Phare, Tacis)

National Governments:

The Netherlands:

  • Ministry of Agriculture, Nature, and Food Quality (EU-EIP, PIN Matra)

  • Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy (ex-Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (SMOM), ex-Ministry of Economic Affairs (SENTER, PESP), Ex-International Entrepreneurship and Cooperation Information Service (EVD))

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Matra, BBI Matra)

  • Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)        

Austria: Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Regions and Water Management

Croatia: Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Croatia

Czech Republic: Ministry of Agriculture    

Denmark: Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries

USA: USAID - the United States Agency for International Development

Regional Governments: Dutch Provinces: Province of Drenthe, Province of Fryslân, Province of Groningen and Province of Overijssel

International donors financed by the EU Member State Governments:

The Netherlands: HIVOS - Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries, Stichting Mensen in Nood, Cordaid

Austria: Hilfswerk

Germany: Heinrich Böll Stiftung

Associations and private organisations:  

International: IFOAM - Organics International, IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature

The Netherlands: Dutch National Postcode Lottery, ComON Foundation, Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize N.V, Royal Dutch Nature Society, Merlin Consultants, Triodos Bank, Doen Foundation, Eosta B.V., Simon Levelt B.V, Rabobank

Armenia: ICCOa

Azerbaijan: Agro Information Centre

Czech Republic: Pro-Natura, Tis/Apple

Denmark: Okologisk Jordbrug

France: La Fondation Charles Leopold Mayer pour le Progres de l'Homme

Germany: Schweisfurth Stiftung, Rungis Express GmbH

Portugal: Jeronimo Martins SGPS

South Africa: Department of West Cape, Reliance

Switzerland: Friends of the Earth

UK: Oxfam GB, British Royal Society for Protection of Birds, British Ecological Society, Goldsmith Foundation

Our Donors

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