BUSINESS MODEL

We’re in business to save forests and wildlife

Empowering farmers through conservation farming

Following the Khmer Rouge period in Cambodia many farming communities were left with no legal rights to the land and with limited access to markets for their crops. In the early 2000’s the Wildlife Conservation Society began working together with farmers and government, helping to establish agreements that gave villagers secure land rights for the first time. Knowing their right to live on the land was legally secure encouraged farmers to think longer-term.

Threats to giant ibis

  Habitat Destruction

Deforestation and draining for wetlands for agricultural expansion reduces areas for Giant Ibis’ to breed.

  Poaching

Illegal hunting and egg collection threaten Giant Ibis’ breeding and survival.

  Human Disturbance

Giant Ibis are sensitive to the presence of people which impacts their breeding actitivies.

Pressures on farmers

  Rural Poverty

Impoverished communities heavily rely on the forest for their livelihoods, leading to unsustainable practices such as poaching, illegal logging & slash-and-burn agriculture.

  Limited Market Access

Remote farmers have limited market access due to infrastructural challenges, geographical isolation and inadequate access to market information & financial services.

  Climate Change

Droughts and floods are becoming more frequent and unpredictable, making cultivating crops & sustaining livelihoods more challenging.

Making Conservation profitable to local communities

IBIS Rice was founded on a bold & ambitious idea:

Make conservation profitable to local communities so that biologically important ecosystems are protected.

We developed a farming approach that actively participates in conservation by addressing threats to forests and biodiversity, and by creating incentives for a change in farming practice among forest farmers.

Making IBIS Rice local to YOU

We are in business to protect forests and wildlife and we pay farmers 70% above the normal market price for their organic rice and forest stewardship. So how do we do this and get our rice to you at the same price as many ordinary brands?

Our team in Cambodia handles everything from raw rice ‘paddy’ purchased directly from farmers under guaranteed contracts, through the processing of the rice all the way to the final pack. This means that more value is kept here in Cambodia to sustain farmer premiums and invest in the future of these forest communities. This is in stark contrast to the normal rice you might buy which will have passed through many stages of ownership on its journey to you, each needing their profit margin along the way.

A Closer Look at

the IBIS Rice business Model

Creating impact for forest & wildlife

Our conservation-focused business model has yielded positive outcomes, from improved economic vitality for remote communities to reducing deforestation around our farming communities.

IBIS Rice Forest Farmers

Empowering farmers through conservation farming

Following the the Khmer Rouge period in Cambodia many farming communities were left with no legal rights to the land and with limited access to markets for their crops. In the early 2000’s the Wildlife Conservation Society began working together with farmers and government, helping to establish agreements that gave villagers secure land rights for the first time. Knowing their right to live on the land was legally secure encouraged farmers to think longer-term.

Threats to giant ibis

  Habitat destruction

Giant Ibis are sensitive to the presence of people which impacts their breeding actitivies.

  Poaching

Illegal hunting and egg collection threaten Giant Ibis’ breeding and survival.

  Human disturbance

Giant Ibis are sensitive to the presence of people which impacts their breeding actitivies.

Pressures on farmers

  Rural poverty

Impoverished communities heavily rely on the forest for their livelihoods, leading to unsustainable practices such as poaching, illegal logging & slash-and-burn agriculture.

  Limited market access

Remote farmers have limited market access due to infrastructural challenges, geographical isolation and inadequate access to market information & financial services.

  Climate change

Droughts and floods are becoming more frequent and unpredictable, making cultivating crops & sustaining livelihoods more challenging.

Making Conservation profitable to local communities

IBIS Rice was founded on a bold & ambitious idea:

Make conservation profitable to local communities so that biologically important ecosystems are protected.

We developed a farming approach that actively participates in conservation by addressing threats to forests and biodiversity, and by creating incentives for a change in farming practice among forest farmers.

Making IBIS Rice local to YOU

We are in business to protect forests and wildlife and we pay farmers 70% above the normal market price for their organic rice and forest stewardship. So how do we do this and get our rice to you at the same price as many ordinary brands?

Our team in Cambodia handles everything from raw rice ‘paddy’ purchased directly from farmers under guaranteed contracts, through the processing of the rice all the way to the final pack. This means that more value is kept here in Cambodia to sustain farmer premiums and invest in the future of these forest communities. This is in stark contrast to the normal rice you might buy which will have passed through many stages of ownership on its journey to you, each needing their profit margin along the way.

Creating impact for forest & wildlife

Our conservation-focused business model has yielded positive outcomes, from improved economic vitality for remote communities to reducing deforestation around our farming communities.