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How These Mayan Farmers Are Modernizing a Two-Thousand-Year-Old Tradition

Posted by Lula Perez  |  Oct 8, 2018 7:00:00 AM

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For the Maya, bees and their honey have always been sacred. Bees are a symbol of fertility and abundance; kaab, the Mayan word for bee, can also be translated as “force,” “land,” or “world.” But for the Mayan producer-members of the EDUCE cooperative, honey isn’t just a part of their cultural heritage. It’s also their livelihood.

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Topics: Stories of Impact, Increasing Incomes, Mexico and Central America

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

Sweetening the Deal for Cocoa and Honey Producers: Root Capital’s New Partnership with the Trafigura Foundation and Puma Energy Foundation

Posted by Elise Garrity  |  Apr 19, 2018 1:06:41 PM

A honey producer in Guatemala holds a frame of honeycomb before putting it into a centrifuge.

Honey and chocolate are made to satisfy the sweet tooth, but these treats aren’t always a sweet deal for the smallholder farmers that produce them.

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Topics: Our Community, Increasing Incomes, Mexico and Central America, Progressive Partnerships

Unlocking Opportunity for Those Who Need It Most

Posted by Kristin Williams  |  Jan 10, 2018 12:03:27 PM

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Two billion. That’s the number of people in rural communities who are struggling to survive on less than $2 per day.

Many of them are farming to feed the rest of the world, yet they aren’t getting enough to eat. Many live hundreds of miles from accessible markets, without the roads to reach them. With few choices, they’re forced to sell their hard-earned crops at rock-bottom prices.

But there’s a way out of this cycle of grinding poverty.

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Topics: Increasing Incomes, Stories of Impact, Mexico and Central America

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: Mexico and Central America, Preserving the Planet

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: Mexico and Central America, Preserving the Planet