Publications

We are building a more effective field through original research and analysis. Our publications are reflective and data-driven, with a laser focus on maximizing impact.

Women in Agriculture Initiative: 2018 Mid-Year Report
by Root Capital

During the first half of 2018, we reached 223,000 women producers by lending to 183 agricultural businesses in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. We are pleased to share our Women in Agriculture Initiative 2018 mid-year report, which showcases our latest innovations in gender equity.

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Ag Stigma Be Damned: Flipping the Script for Young People, Farming and Investment
by Will McAneny

The world's 1.2 billion young people represent either a huge demographic challenge or a massive opportunity. By supporting agricultural businesses that recognize the necessity of investing in the next generation, we can ensure that opportunity is unlocked.

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Women in Agriculture Initiative: 2017 Annual Report
by Root Capital

Since launching the Women in Agriculture Initiative (WAI) in 2012, we've seen again and again how gender-inclusive businesses help women grow a better future—for themselves and their communities. We are pleased to share our 2017 WAI annual report, which showcases how Root Capital is impacting the lives of rural women.

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Gender Equity Grants: Evaluating Key Benefits for Businesses, Workers, and Farmers
by Root Capital and Value for Women

Rural women often face gendered barriers that limit their ability to be productive, control assets and incomes, and benefit equitably from their hard work. In 2016, Root Capital began disbursing Gender Equity Grants to client agricultural businesses to implement strategies aimed at improving women’s overall quality of life and their representation in the business. In this summary, we present an assessment of these activities and the reported results.

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Toward the Efficient Impact Frontier
by Michael McCreless

The impacting investing sector has long lacked the right tools to ensure critical dollars are allocated in a way that generates both impact and revenue. In the Stanford Social Innovation Review, we introduce the “efficient impact frontier,” a powerful approach to building a portfolio with the greatest possible impact for the level of expected return.

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Women in Agriculture Initiative: 2016 Annual Report
by Root Capital

At Root Capital, we believe fiercely that women are critical to breaking the cycle of poverty, hunger, and environmental degradation in rural areas of the developing world. That's why we're thrilled to share our 2016 Women in Agriculture Annual Report, which details the progress we’ve made over the last year through the WAI and the strategies we’ve implemented to increase economic opportunities for women around the world.

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How Employees At The World’s Largest Companies Are Assisting Entrepreneurs Across Africa
by Willy Foote

As part of the aptly named Partners in Food Solutions (PFS), some of the world’s largest food and agricultural companies are harnessing 693 years of combined experience to strengthen small- and medium-sized enterprises throughout Africa.

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Climate Refugees Are Leaving the Farm Behind
by Willy Foote

Today, millions of the world’s most vulnerable people are fleeing from places where agriculture remains the backbone of rural economies, as the dire consequences of climate change—crop failure due to drought, for example—come into focus.

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To Invest In The Future Of Coffee, Starbucks Turns To The Capital Markets
by Willy Foote

By issuing the first U.S. corporate sustainability bond, Starbucks can generate yield for financiers and farmers alike.

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