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One Entrepreneur’s Mission to End His Country’s “Silent Hunger”

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Aug 30, 2017 5:59:22 PM

Maize producer, northern Ghana
Maize producer, northern Ghana.

“How can I make healthy food easily available to my country’s poorest people?”

In 2004, a desire to answer this question inspired Ghanaian entrepreneur Samuel “Kwame” Ntim to leave his comfortable job behind and risk everything to start his own social enterprise. Thirteen years later, that risk is paying off—and it’s Ghanaian farmers who are reaping the rewards.

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Topics: West Africa, Stories of Impact, Feeding a Hungry Planet

Reclaiming Home-Grown Grains in Senegal

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Aug 15, 2017 9:30:35 AM

La Vivriére and Root Capital staff

After years of watching working mothers switch from feeding their children Senegalese grains to imported rice, Bineta Coulibaly decided to take action.

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Topics: West Africa, Unlocking Opportunities for Women, Feeding a Hungry Planet, Stories of Impact

How One Pioneering Business is Raising Incomes in the Kenyan Highlands

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Jan 27, 2017 9:48:10 AM

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Janet Karea Mutuura, 62, at her compound in Meru, Kenya. 

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Topics: East Africa, Unlocking Opportunities for Women, Feeding a Hungry Planet, Increasing Incomes, Stories of Impact

"We Cannot Succeed When Half of Us Are Held Back"

Posted by Willy Foote  |  Mar 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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With ANS Milling General Manager Kate Achaa, fourth from right, during a recent trip to Ghana with Root Capital colleagues and friends from PFS

“I raise up my voice,” she said, speaking matter-of-factly into the microphone during her first speech at the United Nations back in 2013, “not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard... We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”

She, of course, is Malala. A 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai, to be exact.

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Topics: Feeding a Hungry Planet, Unlocking Opportunities for Women, West Africa, Stories of Impact

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.

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

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Topics: West Africa, Strengthening Businesses, Feeding a Hungry Planet, Progressive Partnerships

How Can We Make Agriculture Work for the World?

Posted by Willy Foote  |  Aug 5, 2015 12:55:51 PM

When I envision how to make agriculture work for the world, I think of a system that feeds the global population of nine billion that is expected by 2050 — especially those in cycles of chronic hunger and malnutrition. I think of better farming practices that increase yields and productivity, and that dramatically improve incomes for small-scale producers and the rural poor. I think of an enlightened food industry, as locally based as possible, that creates good jobs across every value chain and protects fragile ecosystems and biodiversity everywhere. And I think of agriculture as a crucial equalizer of opportunity for women and girls, one that provides dignity for the most marginalized populations on earth.  

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Visiting with coffee farmers on the shores of Lake Kivu in western Rwanda

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Topics: Progressive Partnerships, Preserving the Planet, Feeding a Hungry Planet, News and Announcements