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Kate Hyder

As the senior associate for Advisory Services, Kate works closely with the Global Director in managing Root Capital's Advisory operations throughout Mexico, Central and South America, East and West Africa. Kate’s specific responsibilities include strategy formation, financial management, and oversight of multi-year, multi-country initiatives being implemented by the field team. Prior to Root Capital, Kate was an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company and also worked at 2Seeds Network. Kate holds a B.S. in Earth Systems and an M.A. in Earth Systems and Sustainable Development from Stanford University.

RECENT POSTS

A Program That's a Win-Win for Rural Businesses and Young Talent

Posted by Kate Hyder  |  Jul 11, 2018 9:40:21 AM

Root Capital staff with members of a focus group in Kumasi, Ghana

This post originally appeared on the blog of the Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab.

Each year, more than 10 million young people across Africa enter the job market, competing for just three million formal jobs. As the continent’s youth population swells steadily towards a projected total of 800 million by 2050, this demographic crisis will intensify even further.

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Topics: West Africa, Progressive Partnerships, Strengthening Businesses, Future of Farming

Human-Centered Design: From California to Côte d'Ivoire

Posted by Kate Hyder  |  Sep 13, 2017 6:00:00 AM

What do young leaders in agriculture really want?

Last year, we asked young leaders in rural Ghana what it takes to be an effective agricultural business leader in their communities. Our next step was to translate what we learned into prototypes designed to strengthen the agricultural leaders of today and tomorrow.

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Topics: West Africa, Strengthening Businesses, Future of Farming

Launching Youth Leadership Development Advisory Services in Rural Ghana

Posted by Kate Hyder  |  Apr 20, 2017 2:33:16 PM

A focus group of youth leaders in agriculture in Tamale, Ghana.

Other than the fact that dresses and headscarves made of brightly patterned kente cloth dotted the room, the scene could have been from a young professionals’ networking event in San Francisco or Boston: 11 millennials, gathered into small focus groups in a hotel conference room, discussing what leadership meant to them.

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Topics: West Africa, Strengthening Businesses

Empowering Farmers in the Face of Climate Change

Posted by Kate Hyder  |  Feb 9, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Sonia in the classroom

Sonia Vasquez, agricultural extension officer for COMSA, presenting during the first day of the workshop

For many of our clients, agricultural extension is a lifeline for the farm families they serve. “Extension,” as it is known in agriculture circles, is the delivery of agronomic best practices that can help farmers increase productivity, adapt to climate change and increase profitability. In December, we released an issue brief that highlighted, among other things, barriers to effective extension and how Root Capital works to help clients overcome these barriers using a shared value approach.

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Topics: Preserving the Planet, Mexico and Central America, Strengthening Businesses