2018 Annual Report

In honor of our 20th year, we’ve published our first-ever annual report to showcase those communities and the agricultural enterprises that sustain them. Our vision, which I know you share, is a future where a thriving agricultural sector enables rural areas around the world to become more prosperous, inclusive, and resilient.

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2018 Annual Report
by Root Capital

In honor of our 20th year, we’ve published our first-ever annual report to showcase those communities and the agricultural enterprises that sustain them. Our vision, which I know you share, is a future where a thriving agricultural sector enables rural areas around the world to become more prosperous, inclusive, and resilient.

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Three Ways Mission-Driven Leaders Can Foster Social Intrapreneurship
by Willy Foote

Root Capital has been blessed with a number of social intrapreneurs with game-changing ideas. Some of these innovations became “business as usual” that fundamentally changed the way we operate; some of them grew beyond Root Capital and are well on their way to transforming our entire sector.

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Women in Agriculture Initiative: 2018 Annual Report
by Root Capital

Root Capital supports the advancement of rural women, whether they work on the farm or in the boardroom. This report highlights our impact in 2018, during which we reached 246,000 rural women—an all-time high—and expanded our gender-inclusive programming to address new and diverse challenges faced by women farmers, managers, and employees.

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Farmer and Local Trader-Led Service Delivery Models: An Analysis of Opportunities
by Root Capital, New Foresight, and IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative

A successful service delivery model creates value both for farmers and the service provider. This joint report analyzes 10 borrowers in Root Capital's loan portfolio, exploring the impact and economic sustainability of their farmer extension services. It also identifies opportunities for improving and scaling these services to support farmers.

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Climate Change Adaptation Is The Greatest Entrepreneurial Challenge Of Our Time
by Willy Foote

We need a comprehensive global effort to both mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change. But the latter is not a secondary challenge that can be put on hold until the world solves the former. It’s an immediate need.

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Ag Stigma Be Damned: Flipping the Script for Young People, Farming and Investment
by Will McAneny

The world's 1.2 billion young people represent either a huge demographic challenge or a massive opportunity. By supporting agricultural businesses that recognize the necessity of investing in the next generation, we can ensure that opportunity is unlocked.

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What Happens When You Invest In Entrepreneurship At The Margins
by Willy Foote

There are countless ways that distressed communities in the US differ from the remote areas where Root Capital, operates. But they have at least this in common: They have an acute need for investment.

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Women in Agriculture Initiative: 2017 Annual Report
by Root Capital

Since launching the Women in Agriculture Initiative (WAI) in 2012, we've seen again and again how gender-inclusive businesses help women grow a better future—for themselves and their communities. We are pleased to share our 2017 WAI annual report, which showcases how Root Capital is impacting the lives of rural women.

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Gender Equity Grants: Evaluating Key Benefits for Businesses, Workers, and Farmers
by Root Capital and Value for Women

Rural women often face gendered barriers that limit their ability to be productive, control assets and incomes, and benefit equitably from their hard work. In 2016, Root Capital began disbursing Gender Equity Grants to client agricultural businesses to implement strategies aimed at improving women’s overall quality of life and their representation in the business. In this summary, we present an assessment of these activities and the reported results.

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How To Build A Public-Private Partnership That’s More Than A Marriage Of Convenience
by Willy Foote

Public-private partnerships bring multi-sector stakeholders together to solve complex problems at scale. They take many different forms, but tend to work best when addressing an area in which traditional investment is lacking and the risks are too high for individual actors to undertake alone.

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