Root Capital’s Impact in 2019

Last year, we partnered with agricultural enterprises to unlock prosperity in some of the most economically and environmentally vulnerable regions of the world. With the help of our donors and investors, we reached more than three million people in rural households. Thank you for supporting our mission to build prosperous, inclusive, and resilient rural communities.

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Meet Root Capital’s New Chief Operating Officer

Root Capital is pleased to welcome Frances Reid as our new Chief Operating Officer. We recently sat down to learn more about her background and what brought her to Root Capital.

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New Members Bring Expertise in Coffee and Gender Equity to Root Capital’s Board of Directors

Root Capital is thrilled to announce the addition of two sector-leading experts to our board of directors. Lindsey Bolger, who has spent the last three decades promoting sustainable sourcing within the coffee industry, has joined us alongside Marissa Wesely, a lawyer and life-long advocate for women's economic opportunity. You can read more about Lindsey and Marissa below. 

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Meet the New Chair of Root Capital’s Board

Ana Zacapa (third from right) accompanies the Root Capital team to visit client agricultural businesses in southern Mexico. In December 2017, I was in Chiapas State in southern Mexico when Root Capital’s Senior Manager of Advisory Services for the region, David Lozano, turned to me and said: “I’m so excited she’s on our board, asking such insightful questions—and in her native Spanish!” David was talking about Ana Zacapa, who was accompanying us deep into the mountains of Chiapas to visit coffee and honey cooperatives, and to hear directly from farmers both about the challenges they face and the innovative solutions they can access as part of an agricultural business.

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How Climate Change Impacts Women Farmers—and What We’re Doing About It

Maria Eufemia Madonado Ocaño holds a small leaf in her hands, mottled yellow where it should be vibrant and green. This leaf represents her livelihood, decimated by la roya—a fungus that develops when conditions are warmer and wetter than usual. The yellow spots are a symptom, but the disease is climate change.

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Root Capital’s Impact in 2018

In 2018, we partnered with hundreds of businesses that changed the lives of nearly three million people in farming communities around the world. We are deeply grateful to our donors and investors for helping us raise incomes, create jobs, and unlock opportunities for farming families. Check out this infographic that shows what your support made possible in 2018.

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How Root Capital and the IKEA Foundation are Building the Resilience of Smallholder Farmers in East Africa

Photo: USAID/Siegfried Modola Root Capital and the IKEA Foundation are announcing a new partnership, worth €4.8 million, to help 260,000 smallholder farmers in Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda increase their income and adapt to climate change. The grant builds on the success of a previous partnership, through which Root Capital supported dozens of Kenyan agricultural businesses, helping them break the cycle of poverty in rural communities.

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Meet Root Capital’s New Chief Lending Officer

Root Capital is pleased to welcome two new additions to our global leadership team: Amy Mullen, Chief Development Officer, and Steve Nocka, Chief Lending Officer. We recently sat down with both of them to learn more about their backgrounds and what drew them to the work of Root Capital. First off, meet our new Chief Lending Officer, Steve Nocka…

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Meet Root Capital’s New Chief Development Officer

Root Capital is pleased to welcome two new additions to our global leadership team: Amy Mullen, Chief Development Officer, and Steve Nocka, Chief Lending Officer. We recently sat down with both of them to learn more about their backgrounds and what drew them to the work of Root Capital. First off, meet our new Chief Development Officer, Amy Mullen…

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Two Public Sector Experts Join Root Capital’s Board of Directors

Transforming the lives of the world’s 450 million smallholder farmers isn’t a task any single organization can achieve; it requires systems-level change that can only be accomplished by many actors working together. That’s why we’re thrilled to welcome two new members to our board of directors—Mary Barton-Dock and C.D. Glin—each of whom brings to the table a wealth of experience working in the public sector. Mary and C.D. understand the critical role that the public sector can play in creating an enabling environment for positive change, and we're excited to benefit from their guidance as we collaborate with state and intergovernmental organizations to bring prosperity to farming communities around the world.

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