Biodigesters: Turning Waste Into Clean Energy in East Africa

A Kenyan smallholder farmer sprays his vegetable and potato garden with the biofertilizer from his biodigester during a Root Capital visit in late 2023. Credit: Root Capital. In many rural communities around the world, farmer households lack access to clean cooking energy sources. Burning solid fuels like wood or coal indoors can lead to serious health effects, like burns and…

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Topics: Climate Action |

Announcing Our 2023 Climate Resilience Roadmap Annual Report

For macadamia farmers in Sagana, Kenya, climate change is more than an existential threat—it’s a daily reality. Climate change has disrupted the traditional macadamia planting and harvesting seasons and brought unpredictable rainfall patterns...

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Resilient Coffee in Peru: Investing in Robusta

Root Capital staff take a tour of a Peruvian client’s coffee crops. Credit: Root Capital The Land of Fairtrade Coffee Peru’s coffee is renowned for two reasons: one, its exquisite flavor profile, ranking among the finest in the world, and, two, its leadership in Fairtrade practices. In 2020, Peru exported $60 million worth of coffee to other countries and continues…

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Brewing a Solution: Coffee, Agroforestry, and the Race Against Climate Change

“To save our beloved coffee, and all the benefits that come with it, we need a more comprehensive approach to this existential threat of climate change.” – Willy Foote Use of the term “agroforestry” continues to grow in popularity in…

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Our Top 5 Highlights from 2023

2023 was a year of sustained progress for Root Capital, thanks to our dedicated community of supporters. As we enter 2024-a milestone year as we celebrate our 25th anniversary!-we reflect on our top five highlights from the past year. Leonor Gutiérrez, Director of the Women in Agricultural Initiative (WAI), presents to the Women’s Council at a convening in Nairobi, Kenya,…

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Topics: Climate Action | Gender Equity | Next Generation Jobs |

Will the COP28 Agreement Translate Into Real-World Climate Action?

Mountains near the Pula Lenca Cooperative in Marcala, Honduras, November 2023. Credit: Dylan Butler/Root Capital. As we near the end of 2023, we will say farewell to the warmest year on record-a year where our clients and their communities faced ever-more-urgent climate threats, like hail storms knocking coffee cherries off trees in Rwanda and heavy rains in…

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A Journey Into the Heart of Kenya’s Macadamia-Processing Region

Superfine Africa Nuts employees sort macadamia nuts by hand alongside Root Capital’s Leonor Gutiérrez, Director of the Women in Agriculture Initiative, and CEO and Founder, Willy Foote. Photo credit: Root Capital In September, I, along with my Root Capital colleagues Leonor Gutiérrez, Martin Buyeka, Willy Foote, and Rose Ochieng, had a chance to visit our Kenyan client Superfine Africa Nuts.

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Topics: Client Spotlight | Climate Action |

Carbon, Climate, and Coffee: Paying Farmers for Their Efforts to Combat Climate Change

CENFROCAFE producer member Anselmo Díaz on his coffee farm. Rumi Bamba, Las Pirias, Jaen, Cajamarca, Peru. October 8, 2022. Credit: James Rodriguez. Root Capital is pleased to share a new report showing the potential of environmental payments to reward farmers for their use of carbon-friendly, agroforestry practices. This report is the result of three years of collaboration…

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Topics: Climate Action | Partnerships |

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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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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