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By Working Together, We Can Support Peruvian Coffee Farmers on the Frontlines of Climate Change

Posted by Ana Lucía Trujillo and Elizabeth Teague  |  Apr 26, 2018 6:30:00 AM

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For our client businesses in Peru, deforestation and climate change aren’t distant threats. They’re daily realities.

Many of these coffee businesses are located at the edge of the Amazon rainforest, the largest contiguous forest in the world. But while it may seem limitless, this precious region is in danger of disappearing forever.

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Topics: South America, Progressive Partnerships, Our Community

Trabajando juntos podemos apoyar a productores de café peruanos que enfrentan el cambio climático

Posted by Ana Lucía Trujillo and Elizabeth Teague  |  Apr 26, 2018 6:00:00 AM

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Para las empresas con las que trabajamos en Perú, la deforestación y el cambio climático no son amenazas lejanas, son realidades cotidianas.

Muchos de estos negocios de café se encuentran en el borde de la selva amazónica, contiguo al bosque más grande del mundo. Pero aunque puede parecer que no tiene límites, esta preciosa región está en peligro de desaparecer para siempre.

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Topics: South America, Progressive Partnerships, En Español, Our Community

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

Gender Equity Grants: Helping Kenya’s Working Mothers Succeed

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Oct 26, 2017 7:15:00 AM

A Kenyan farmer and her child.

No woman should have to choose between caring for her children and pursuing a fulfilling career. In this Kenyan village, working mothers found a way to do both.

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Topics: East Africa, Unlocking Opportunities for Women, Progressive Partnerships, Stories of Impact

Embracing Partnerships, Expanding Opportunities

Posted by Faina Rozental  |  Jun 19, 2017 8:00:00 AM

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Pathological collaboration. It’s a phrase we use frequently at Root Capital — a phrase that speaks to our willingness to embrace partnerships in order to expand economic opportunities for as many smallholder farmers as possible. Earlier this year, I got to see that approach in action.

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Topics: East Africa, Progressive Partnerships

What do Silicon Valley and Africa’s Sahel Have In Common?

Posted by Willy Foote  |  Jul 28, 2016 6:00:00 AM

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Overlooking a village in southeastern Senegal. 

 

What do Silicon Valley and Africa’s Sahel have in common?

At first blush, not too much. One is apps, algorithms, and acquisitions, and the other? Well, you might be thinking more of a woman in a field, tilling soil with a hand hoe, a vast horizon behind her.

Over the last month, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to both places – first to eastern Senegal to meet with Root Capital clients (agricultural businesses organizing hundreds of cashew growers and millet farmers across the remote region), and later to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University in Palo Alto, convened by President Obama. And I can tell you one thing: the very same entrepreneurial and innovative spirit that fuels Silicon Valley is alive and well on the last mile of dirt roads in the Sahel.

The problem is, the world hasn’t supported agricultural entrepreneurs in the same way that Silicon Valley supports tech entrepreneurs. But what if it did?

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Topics: West Africa, Progressive Partnerships, Stories of Impact