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Elizabeth Teague

As our Senior Associate for Environmental Performance, Elizabeth advances Root Capital’s environmental mission by leading the development and continuous improvement of our environmental due diligence program and environmental impact assessment strategy. Previously, she worked as an agricultural assistant with a nonprofit training center in Japan that provides rural leaders from Asia, Africa, and the Pacific with skills in sustainable agriculture and community development. She holds a B.A. in history from Dartmouth College.


Predicting Social and Environmental Impact Through Due Diligence

Posted by Elizabeth Teague  |  Nov 18, 2019 5:04:01 PM


Note: This blog post is the second in a four-part series exploring how Root Capital measures our impact and that of our clients on farming communities around the world. Read part one here. 

Agricultural enterprises are changemakers in rural communities. They have the ability to improve livelihoods, conserve the environment, and generate opportunities for women and young people. To be a force for good, however, these enterprises must adopt sound business practices that are sustainable, inclusive, and financially responsible.

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Topics: Stories of Impact, Our Community

Smallholder Farmers: A Critical Piece of the Climate Change Solution

Posted by Elizabeth Teague  |  Aug 3, 2016 12:26:49 PM

When it comes to climate change, the world’s farmers are often portrayed as either victims or contributors. But what if we, instead, viewed them as part of the solution?

Farmers have enormous potential to be environmental stewards, conserving vital resources for generations to come. We see this every day in our work at Root Capital. Through “climate-smart” agricultural practices – like  agroforestry production or the use of drought-resistant seeds – farmers are leading the way when it comes to climate change solutions.

This new video from Farming First explains how climate-smart agriculture has helped farmers around the world adapt and thrive in the face of a changing climate: 


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Topics: Environment

How Extension Services Drive Business Success

Posted by Elizabeth Teague  |  Mar 10, 2016 1:37:36 PM

In December, we published an issue brief focused on the potential of small-and-growing businesses to create shared value for entire supply chains through their agricultural extension services. When delivered effectively, extension services can serve public objectives related to improved farmer livelihoods and environmental conservation, as well as commercial objectives related to procurement and supply chain risk mitigation.

In this post, we discuss one example of successful shared value extension from our portfolio.


Agriaccess General Manager Tony Poore speaking to one of the Agriaccess farmer groups about an upcoming input delivery

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Topics: Food Security, West Africa, Partnerships, Advisory Services

Agriculture in the Age of Climate Change

Posted by Elizabeth Teague  |  Dec 2, 2015 9:38:09 AM

Investing in Resilience Issue Brief Cover


Today, we're thrilled to announce the release of our latest issue brief, Investing in Resilience: A Shared Value Approach to Agricultural Extension. 

This issue brief is the third in a series supported by the Skoll Foundation and the Citi Foundation. 


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As world leaders gather in Paris this week for the latest round of climate change talks, there is increasing attention on the role of agriculture as “both a victim of and a contributor to climate change.”

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Topics: Environment, News and Announcements

Looking at Agriculture in a Different Light this Earth Day

Posted by Elizabeth Teague  |  Apr 22, 2015 9:59:00 AM


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Topics: Environment

Shade-Grown Coffee: What’s the Big Deal?

Posted by Elizabeth Teague  |  Mar 25, 2015 12:47:00 PM

If you bought a cup of certified coffee recently, chances are high it might have been brewed using "shade-grown" beans. But what is shade-grown coffee exactly, and why is it important?

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Topics: Environment, South America, Mexico and Central America, Livelihoods