Colin Powell once said that “capital is a coward,” and the data shows that foreign private investment generally waits a decade before re-entering post-conflict countries. Yet the world can’t wait that long. This blog post is about capital becoming more courageous in places like Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where economic reconstruction can contribute mightily to the transition to peace and security, even in regions still ravaged by war.
Malian business Produits du Sud offers a microcosm for how such small and growing agricultural businesses can foster long-term peace and prosperity in one of the most troubled regions of the world.
Fruiteq is a private enterprise that sources Fair Trade- and organic-certified mangoes from 830 small-scale farmers in Burkina Faso, Mali and Ivory Coast. This is the first case study Root Capital has conducted in the fresh fruits and vegetables sector. It provides practical lessons on the appropriate loan structure and risks particular to the value chain.
COOPCAB is a coffee cooperative in southeastern Haiti near the border with the Dominican Republic. In this study, we seek to understand and document the cooperative's various social and economic impacts and the effect Root Capital’s loans have had on COOPCAB’s operations.
The most exciting thing perhaps about the rebirth of cocoa farming in Sierra Leone is how it’s offering hope and employment for youth – many of whom were child soldiers who grew up, put down their guns, but needed another option.