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Matt Foerster

Matt is responsible for supporting and enhancing Root Capital’s Catalyze strategy by conducting research and analysis related to smallholder agricultural finance. Previously, he worked at the Council on Foreign Relations and APCO Worldwide. He has also consulted for TechnoServe and the Sustainable Food Lab. Matt holds an MA from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BA from Elon University.


Cultivating the Next Crop of Agricultural Entrepreneurs

Posted by Matt Foerster  |  Oct 6, 2016 1:10:25 PM


Young managers participating in a financial management training hosted by Root Capital. Photo credit: Stuart Freedman/Argidius Foundation

The annual macadamia harvest is now underway in Kenya, and The Village Nut Company’s hilltop factory in Nyeri County is buzzing with activity. As farmers deliver their crop and employees carefully hand-sort the finest nuts, the Muhara siblings are busy mentoring the next generation of agricultural entrepreneurs, fulfilling a promise they made years ago. 

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Topics: East Africa, Youth, Stories of Impact

As Demand Grows, It’s Time to Invest in the Future of Coffee

Posted by Matt Foerster  |  Apr 29, 2016 10:41:49 AM


This year, the world will consume more coffee than ever before. And industry projections point to growing demand in the years ahead, especially in emerging markets. Take China, for example. During its annual investor meeting last month, Starbucks highlighted that it’s opening the equivalent of one new store in China every day. The problem, however, is that this rising global demand for coffee cannot be met with a dwindling supply.

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Topics: Environment, South America, Mexico and Central America, Partnerships, News and Announcements, Livelihoods

Root Capital Receives Leadership Award at Global Coffee Conference

Posted by Matt Foerster  |  Apr 18, 2016 10:37:00 AM


Pictured: Jorge Cuevas from Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers, Fátima Ismael from SOPPEXCCA, Willy Foote, Angelique Karekezi from Rwashoscco, and Ruben Espinoza from Cenfrocafe

Last week, the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) recognized Root Capital founder and CEO Willy Foote with its 2016 Leadership Medal of Merit. The CQI medal has been presented annually for the past decade during the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Expo, which took place April 14 to 17 in Atlanta.

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Topics: News and Announcements