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.

Rapid Impact Evaluation: Fruiteq
by Root Capital

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.

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Rapid Impact Evaluation: COOPCAB
by Root Capital

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.

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Clinton Bush Fund Leaves Haiti
by Willy Foote

As the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund prepares to cease its operations, we’d like to say thanks for serving as a catalyst, for helping build Haitian agriculture that empowers small-scale farmers and is truly sustainable in the long-term.

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How a Hershey Bar Might Prove Mightier than a Gun
by Willy Foote

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.

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Get Sh*t Done’ for Rural Women Entrepreneurs
by Willy Foote

We need more men and women working tirelessly and courageously every day to create a better world--more Fatima Ismaels, Direscema Joses, Pamela Anyoti Peronacis, and Rosario Castellóns.

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A GPS for Social Impact
by Michael McCreless & Brian Trelstad

In this article from the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Root Capital and Acumen Fund partner to propose a system for program evaluation akin to GPS. By combining information from various sources, we can triangulate more accurate estimates of our impact as a whole.

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Scaling Climate Smart Agriculture by Financing Small and Growing Businesses
by Jesse Last

Over the past decade, we’ve financed hundreds of small and growing businesses employing sustainable approaches such as agroforestry, organic production, and responsible harvesting of natural products. This article details how we're scaling climate-smart practices at the smallholder level, thus maintaining the integrity of valuable landscapes while creating more prosperous and climate-resilient livelihoods for farmers, their families, and communities.

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An Agricultural Peace Dividend
by William Foote

In the Stanford Social Innovation Review, our Founder and CEO discusses how in northern Uganda—home to one of Africa’s longest and most brutal civil conflicts—organic farming is producing economic growth and stability.

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Root Capital: A Case Study in Impact Investing
by Liam Brody

In this article for Americas Quarterly, we explain how Root Capital introduces big investors to small rural farmers and cooperatives—with dramatic results.

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