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Will McAneny

As a communications associate, Will is responsible for supporting Root Capital's content development and social media efforts. Before joining Root Capital, Will worked as the operations assistant for Global Citizen Year in Quito, Ecuador and as the reach coordinator at Greenpop in Cape Town, South Africa. Will holds a B.A. in International Affairs from Northeastern University.

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How This Colombian Co-op is Sowing Seeds of Hope in the Wake of Conflict

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Jul 19, 2018 2:16:24 PM

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For the majority of Colombia’s 53-year civil war, the southern province of Cauca was a stronghold of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). In the dog-eared copy of Lonely Planet that I’ve brought with me, the area isn’t even mentioned. Just ten years ago, it was not a recommended destination for tourists. Today, it not only feels safe; it feels welcoming.

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Topics: Progress Towards Peace, South America, Stories of Impact

Five Things I Learned from Our Youth Workshops in Nicaragua

Posted by Will McAneny  |  May 16, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Root Capital advisors with a group of young leaders from Root Capital client El Polo.

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of traveling to the coffeelands of northern Nicaragua to see Root Capital’s advisory team in action.

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Topics: Mexico and Central America, Strengthening Businesses, Future of Farming

To Rebuild After Conflict, Latin American Farmers Need An Alternative to the Drug Trade

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Feb 26, 2018 9:39:51 AM

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In this month’s Root Capital Roundup, we explore how the illicit drug trade affects farming communities in three Latin American countries where we work… and how agricultural businesses offer people a peaceful alternative.

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Topics: Progress Towards Peace

On “The Road Where Life Was Once Worth Nothing,” This Business Gives Farmers Purpose

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Dec 12, 2017 2:39:05 PM

The valley surrounding San Martín de Pangoa

Thirty years ago, this place looked very different.

Nestled in the foothills where the Amazon rainforest meets the towering Andes Mountains, the Peruvian town of San Martín de Pangoa exudes an aura of calm. Life seems to move at a leisurely pace; ambling through the town’s mostly-unpaved streets, you’ll see mototaxis rumble slowly past indigenous women cradling their babies in brightly-colored wool blankets. The hills rising above the town are patchworked with a lattice of small farms, and every moto and pickup truck seems to be laden with nearly-bursting sacks of coffee.

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Topics: Progress Towards Peace, Unlocking Opportunities for Women, Preserving the Planet, South America, Future of Farming, Stories of Impact

Organic Agriculture: How This Costa Rican Co-op is Growing a Better Future for Its Farmers

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Nov 20, 2017 6:00:00 AM

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In Walter Elizondo Naranjo’s office in San Antonio, Costa Rica, hangs a large banner with pictures of pineapple, bananas, and oranges. 100% orgánico, the banner proudly states. Looking at the banner, Walter grins broadly. “This is COOPEASSA.”

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Topics: Preserving the Planet, Mexico and Central America

What’s the Buzz? How Rural Businesses Face the Global Bee Crisis Head-on

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Nov 14, 2017 12:08:55 PM

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Lately, there’s been a lot of buzz about bees—and not all of it’s good. Around the world, honeybees are dying out. But what does this really mean—and how are agricultural businesses addressing this crisis?

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Topics: Preserving the Planet, Mexico and Central America