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To Adapt to a Changing Climate, Coffee Farmers Need Bold Allies

Posted by Abigail Bok  |  Apr 26, 2019 10:38:53 AM

Agronomists assist coffee farmers with a process called stumping

The saw makes a grinding sound as Albert, a young Ugandan agronomist, maneuvers it back and forth slowly, cutting through the trunk of the coffee tree. His colleague Ambrose stands next to him, bracing the tree and readying himself to carefully lower it to the ground once the trunk is severed. They repeat the process, one, two, three times for a single tree, cutting away three small trunks almost to the stump—until there’s just a single spindly-looking branch remaining.

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Topics: East Africa, Preserving the Planet, Progressive Partnerships, Stories of Impact

For Antonio And Roberto, A Small Grant Made A Big Difference

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Apr 17, 2019 6:00:00 AM

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Over the past 20 years, we’ve offered hundreds of coffee businesses the capital and training they need to succeed. But to truly maximize their impact, these businesses sometimes require additional support. That’s why, in partnership with USAID Feed the Future, we launched a Resilience Fund that provides $20,000 grants to some of our highest-performing client businesses in Colombia and Peru.

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Topics: Future of Farming, Stories of Impact, Increasing Incomes

Como Se Ve Nuestro Trabajo en Nicaragua Ahora Mismo

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Feb 28, 2019 4:43:46 PM

A protest in Granada, Nicaragua, one month after the conflict began in April 2018. © Julio Vannini

Durante años, muchos nicaragüenses se han enojado con las políticas cada vez más represivas del presidente Daniel Ortega. El pasado abril, la aprobación de una ley de impuestos impopular llevó al país al límite.

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Topics: Progress Towards Peace, Mexico and Central America, En Español, Stories of Impact

What Our Work in Nicaragua Looks Like Right Now

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Feb 13, 2019 6:00:00 AM

A protest in Granada, Nicaragua, one month after the conflict began in April 2018. © Julio Vannini

For years, many Nicaraguans have bristled under the increasingly repressive policies of President Daniel Ortega. Last April, the passage of an unpopular tax law tipped the country over the edge.

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Topics: Progress Towards Peace, Mexico and Central America, Stories of Impact

Three Things That Inspired Me In 2018

Posted by Willy Foote  |  Jan 11, 2019 11:11:51 AM

Happy New Year!

2018 was another impactful year for Root Capital. We worked with 200+ businesses to reach more than 625,000 farmers, connecting them to markets and services. Over the last 20 years, I've been consistently inspired by the tenacity and ingenuity of the agricultural enterprises we support—and last year was no exception. Here are just a few of the stories that made my jaw drop in 2018:

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Topics: Stories of Impact, Our Community

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