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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

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

Cultivating Peace in War-Torn Rural Communities

Posted by Kristin Williams  |  Feb 16, 2018 6:30:00 AM

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War leaves scars. Not just on bodies, but on land and livelihoods. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, decades of violence have left a deep mark on rural areas—and on millions of farmers struggling to survive. 
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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

July 2017: Root Capital Roundup

Posted by Root Capital  |  Jul 27, 2017 11:43:27 AM

In the second edition of the Root Capital Roundup, we explore the connections between agriculture and peace in post-conflict regions.

Two months ago, we launched the Root Capital Roundup, a new blog series summarizing the latest news around issues important to us and our supporters.

In the second edition of the Root Capital Roundup, we explore the connections between agriculture and peace in post-conflict regions.

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Topics: Progress Towards Peace, News and Announcements

Eighteen Years Later, Our Work Is Far From Over

Posted by Benjamin Schmerler  |  Jul 20, 2017 12:12:44 PM

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On a warm, breezy day in the sleepy Congolese city of Bukavu, I find myself on the back of a boda-boda motorcycle taxi, puttering down the unpaved city streets on my way to the National Office of Coffee. Down every alleyway I catch glimpses of the morning sun glimmering off of the calm waters of Lake Kivu. It’s the first day of “Saveur du Kivu,” a celebration of the reemergence of specialty coffee in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the country’s premier coffee event. I’m here representing Root Capital, which happens to be the largest coffee lender in the region.

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Topics: East Africa, Progress Towards Peace, Stories of Impact