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.

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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Can Silicon Valley’s Big Bet On Agriculture Help Small-Scale Farmers In Developing Countries?
by Willy Foote

A lack of reliable information is among the most frustrating obstacles to unlocking the potential of agriculture. But as investment in AgTech heats up, what value does big data offer small-scale farmers at the end of dirt roads in the hardest-to-serve markets on earth?

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Women in Agriculture Initiative: 2015 Annual Report
by Root Capital

Root Capital invests in women by investing in agricultural businesses that promote gender-inclusive practices. This report presents an update on our Women in Agriculture Initiative (WAI), through which we study the roles played by women across our value chains and the barriers they face to full participation, and identify opportunities to deepen our clients’ impacts on women.

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Financing Farm Renovation: How to Build Resilience Using a Blend of Capital
by Matt Foerster

More than two years after the launch of the Coffee Farmer Resilience Initiative, we share initial learning and recommendations on how to design financial products and services for long-term farm renovation. Discover how leading coffee companies—along with the public sector, private foundations, and impact investors—are using a blend of capital to invest in the future of coffee.

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Investing in Resilience: A Shared Value Approach to Agricultural Extension
by Elizabeth Teague

We detail the role that rural businesses can play in helping smallholder producers improve resilience. By providing farmers with the knowledge and tools to improve their agricultural practices and productivity, they can contribute to more stable and prosperous farmer livelihoods, help mitigate climate change, and create shared value for entire supply chains.

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Three Ways To Keep Your Clients Front And Center
by Willy Foote

Too often, vital client voices are not always heard above the hype, or through the hyperness of entrepreneurial instincts and enterprise building. How can entrepreneurs cultivate and codify a culture of empathy and understanding and always put clients at front and center?

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Tapping The Potential Of The Artisan Economy
by Willy Foote

Agriculture is the single largest employer among developing countries, and the artisan sector is the second. The families whose livelihoods are dependent on farming are often the same families who earn income from selling handcrafted products and artwork in the off-season.

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A Client-Centric Approach: Impact Evaluation That Creates Value for Participants
by Michael McCreless

Too often, data collection for impact evaluations, regardless of the intent, feels extractive to the research participants. The purpose of this working paper is to advance conversations and collaborations about how to create value for disadvantaged populations through the very act of evaluating the impact of programs and services on those populations.

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Women in Agriculture Initiative: 2014 Annual Report
by Root Capital

Root Capital’s Women in Agriculture Initiative (WAI) seeks to promote greater economic opportunity for women by supporting small and growing businesses with access to credit and financial training and by promoting gender-inclusive practices. In 2014, we extended the reach of our financial products and services, increasing the number of gender-inclusive clients in Africa and Latin America.

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