Evaluating How Root Capital’s Client Businesses Impact Smallholder Livelihoods: Sorghum in Ghana

In partnership with Participatory Development Associates, Root Capital conducted evaluations with two agricultural enterprises in Ghana. With the support of the Mastercard Foundation, we sought to understand the impact of Root Capital’s financing on each enterprise and the impacts on local farmers. The first report focused on Serendipalm, a palm oil producer in the Eastern Region of Ghana. This second, and final, evaluation in the series looks at Faranaya, a sorghum aggregator in Ghana’s Upper East Region.

Meaningful findings from the study include:

  • Sorghum farmers affiliated with Faranaya earned higher prices for their crops than did unaffiliated farmers;
  • Farmers working with the enterprise nearly doubled their sorghum production since joining, outpacing those in the comparison group;
  • Farmers affiliated with the enterprise reported an increase in earnings by 33% with even greater income gains for younger sorghum farmers; and
  • Women working with Faranaya perform better on key outcomes such as income, productivity, and price when compared to unaffiliated women.

Read more in the full impact study.

Evaluating How Root Capital’s Client Businesses Impact Smallholder Livelihoods: Sorghum in Ghana
by Root Capital and Participatory Development Associates

This report analyzes the impact of Root Capital lending and advisory services on a sorghum aggregator in Ghana and the impact of that enterprise on its suppliers and local community. Read on for exciting findings about Root Capital's engagement with the business.

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Evaluation of Root Capital’s Financial Literacy Training Program for Sorghum Farmers in Ghana
by Root Capital and Participatory Development Associates

In 2018, Root Capital launched a pilot program of a Farmer Financial Literacy training with sorghum farmers in Ghana and conducted a randomized control trial to evaluate its impacts. We present this report on the programs' findings and lessons learned for future interventions.

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Climate Resilience Roadmap 2021 Mid-Year Report
by Root Capital

In the first half of 2021, we expanded financing to climate action leaders; delivered tailored agronomic and climate resilience advisory services to enterprise staff; designed a new loan product to finance soil regeneration efforts; and so much more. Read about how we're advancing our Climate Resilience Roadmap in partnership with rural communities.

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Women in Agriculture Initiative 2021 Mid-year Update
by Root Capital

In the first half of 2021, Root Capital continued to invest in the success of women farmers, employees, and entrepreneurs through our Women in Agriculture Initiative. Our 2021 Mid-year Update provides an update on our progress this year, and our cumulative progress since the initiative's launch in 2012.

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Generating Social and Environmental Impact in Latin America
by Katie Naeve

In the face of daunting challenges, local leaders in Latin America are innovating to meet these challenges with creative solutions. By investing in these solutions, we can build a greener, more inclusive future across the region and around the world. 

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Leveraging the Power of Small Agricultural Businesses to Address Climate Change and Gender Inequity
by Isabel DoCampo, Katie Naeve, and Luis Marquez

In 2019, Root Capital piloted an innovative approach to strengthening women’s inclusion and climate resilience, in partnership with coffee cooperatives in Mexico and Central America. The evaluation uncovered key lessons for philanthropic and business partners.

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Pursuing Gender Equality Through Investment in Rural Communities—Root Capital Case Study
by Value for Women

This report documents Root Capital’s gender lens investing journey, capturing the organization’s goals and motivations, path toward realizing those goals, challenges faced, results of the work, factors behind success, and key learning.

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2020 Annual Report: A Time to Act
by Root Capital

In 2020, our world faced challenges that none of us could have predicted. In the face of uncertainty, Root Capital, our supporters, and our client agricultural enterprises around the world took action. Together, we were able to keep rural communities safe by protecting lives and preserving livelihoods.

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The COVID-19 Response Has Shown What We Are Capable of When We Work Together
by Mary Beth Cote-Jenssen, Saskia Bruysten, Yasmina Zaidman, Rebecca Eastmond

Leaders in social entrepreneurship have had to rethink existing approaches during the COVID-19 crisis, but breakthrough collaboration has allowed them to channel support through social entrepreneurs at the frontlines.

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New York Times: A Plan to Help Would-Be Honduran Migrants
by Ana Zacapa

After two devastating storms battered Central America, many families have been left with no choice but to migrate. Ana Zacapa, Root Capital’s board chair, makes the case for local, sustainable solutions grounded in rural prosperity.

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