The Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind (FPH) is a Swiss foundation that makes grants to civil society movements and organisations to support their actions in favour of a social and ecological transition.
Nitidæ is the result of the 2017 merger of two NGOs: RONGEAD and Etc Terra:
RONGEAD, created in 1983, was a non-profit NGO based in Lyon. Its activities covered the agricultural, agro-industrial and non-timber forest products sectors and its goals included facilitating market access for value chain actors, strengthening capacities of producers’ organisations, reducing environmental externalities in transformation processes and influencing agricultural policies in developing countries. It was an international solidarity association.
Etc Terra was a French association created in 2012 to implement innovative, long-lasting development projects that combine sustainable management of ecosystems, preservation of the goods and services they produce and creation of economic riches for local people.
Given their shared vision, complementarity and numerous joint endeavours, Etc Terra and RONGEAD decided to merge.
The new structure is committed to a systemic approach - sustainable development of rural territories - yet also specialises in specific areas such as structuring agricultural sectors, fighting against deforestation, developing bio-energies, etc. And it is still innovative in terms of approaches and tools used: Etc Lab’, N’Kalo.
Nitidae’s objective is to implement innovative and long-lasting development projects that combine sustainable management of ecosystems, preservation of the goods and services they produce and creation of economic riches for local people.
Improve the functioning of sectors, increase incomes of actors in agricultural value chains and added value in the targeted territories, strengthen producers’ organisations.
Fight against deforestation; - develop bio-energies, etc.