Comon Yaj Noptic: A Small Coffee Cooperative Focused on Sustainability

The Comon Yaj Noptic cooperative is nestled within the buffer zone of El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve, one of the world's most diverse forest reserves, in Chiapas, Mexico. The reserve has a dense cloud forest, which consists of constant low-level clouds that produce a mix of fog, mist, and rain...

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Topics: Environment | Stories of Impact |

Experts in Agricultural Technology and Business Development Join Root Capital’s Board of Directors

Root Capital is pleased to announce the addition of two sector-leading experts to our board of directors. Jehiel Oliver, who has nearly a decade of experience leading an agricultural technology social enterprise that drives the tractor market for rural, smallholder farmers in Africa, has joined us alongside James Richardson, a seasoned business development professional with extensive experience…

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Topics: News and Announcements |

IN PHOTOS: How Small Businesses Are Driving Rural Prosperity and Tackling Climate Change in Honduras

In March, I went on my fourth trip with Root Capital—one very near and dear to my heart because it was to my home country: Honduras. As someone who was born and grew up there—and who has since spent a career working to address the challenges of poverty, climate change, and migration in this region and beyond—it was very meaningful to once again be amid the verdant farms and vibrant communities at the heart of this work...

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Topics: Mexico and Central America |

Root Capital’s Insights and Impact at the 2023 Skoll World Forum

“In Sub-Saharan Africa today, the ‘missing middle’ financing gap for agricultural small and medium enterprises (agri-SMEs) is $65 billion a year.” -Root Capital’s CEO and founder Willy Foote at the 20th Skoll World Forum in Oxford, England, speaking on the ever-widening financing gap that exists for agribusinesses in developing economies.

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Topics: News and Announcements |

New Members Bring Expertise in Inclusive Finance to Root Capital’s Board of Directors

Root Capital is pleased to announce the addition of two members to our board of directors: Fleur Boos and Philip Brown. Fleur is new to the board and Philip is a returning member, who previously served on the Finance and Risk and Credit Committees. They both have extensive financial services experience and bring a deep understanding of Root Capital’s…

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Topics: News and Announcements | Our Community |

Announcing Our New Climate Resilience Roadmap Annual Report

Deep in the Meru region of Kenya, Shalem Investments has witnessed firsthand the effects of shifting weather patterns and climate change on its community. Much of Kenya is experiencing the worst drought in 40 years, with devastating consequences for farmers of “thirsty” crops like maize. As a grain aggregator and climate action leader, Shalem is building a local market…

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Topics: Environment |

Organic Agroforestry as a Climate Solution: Cool Farm Tool Pilot Project Findings and Lessons Learned

This article originally appeared on the blog of Cooperative Coffees, a Root Capital partner. PHOTOS: James Rodriguez. At Root Capital, we’ve always believed in the power of small-scale, organic agroforestry to contribute to climate stabilization and increased resilience. In our conversations and visits with partners over the years, we’ve seen that producers’ work to plant and conserve…

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Topics: Environment | Mexico and Central America | Partnerships | South America | Stories of Impact |

How Women Coffee Farmers Are Fighting Climate Change in Uganda

Most people in Western Uganda are farmers, dependent on the land and predictable weather patterns for their livelihoods. But climate change has led to unpredictable weather and increased natural disasters. Intense floods have caused mudslides that devastate farmland, while extreme droughts have dried out coffee berries, affecting crop yields, coffee quality, and, ultimately, the income of farming families.  “At…

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Topics: East Africa | Environment | Stories of Impact | Women in Agriculture |

VIDEO: Celebrating 10 Years of Our Women in Agriculture Initiative

Approximately, 2.5 billion people worldwide rely on small-scale agriculture for their livelihoods. Most of them live below the poverty line. Especially women. In 2012, Root Capital launched our Women in Agriculture (WAI) Initiative to expand access to finance and technical assistance to more women-led and gender-inclusive businesses. 10 years later, our Director of Women in Agriculture Initiative, Leonor Gutiérrez,…

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Topics: Uncategorized | Women in Agriculture |

Five Questions for Elizabeth Teague, Director of Root Capital’s Climate Resilience Initiative

Smallholder farmers across the world are on the frontlines of the climate crisis, with rising temperatures, droughts and floods, and severe storms threatening their livelihoods. Through our Climate Resilience Initiative, Root Capital connects agricultural enterprises with urgently needed resources, including localized data on climate risks, best practices for mitigation and adaptation and capital for climate-smart investments. We recently sat down…

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Topics: Environment | Staff Profiles |