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

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

Seeding the Future of Rural Communities

Posted by Kristin Williams  |  May 9, 2018 1:29:11 PM

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Young people in rural communities are struggling. There are few jobs. Those that exist are low-paying, physically demanding, and unfulfilling.

It’s no wonder so many youth leave their family farms behind. Their parents can barely make ends meet. Crop disease and extreme weather make it harder every year. Eager to find meaningful work, young people migrate to urban areas at home and abroad—but jobs are scarce there too. With few options but a crowded slum and exploitative labor, their lives become even more precarious.

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Topics: Future of Farming

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

September 2017: Root Capital Roundup

Posted by Root Capital  |  Sep 27, 2017 2:21:11 PM

Welcome to the first-ever Root Capital Roundup!

Earlier this year we launched the Root Capital Roundup, a blog series summarizing the latest news around issues important to us and our supporters.

In this third edition of the Root Capital Roundup, we explore why it’s important to invest in agriculture with a youth lens.

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Topics: News and Announcements, Future of Farming

In This Corner of Honduras, “Agriculture” Isn’t a Dirty Word

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Sep 22, 2017 9:50:51 AM

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For young people in many farming communities, agriculture has become a dirty word. But in Ocotepeque, Honduras, ag is cool.

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Topics: Future of Farming, Mexico and Central America, Stories of Impact