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Making the Case for Quality: Lessons from Root Capital and Intelligentsia’s First Joint Workshop

Posted by Alexandra Tuinstra  |  Aug 15, 2018 4:42:18 PM

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When actors across the coffee supply chain invest in quality, everyone benefits—from the farmer who earns better prices to the consumer who enjoys a better cup. Last month, we teamed up with specialty coffee pioneer Intelligentsia and coffee producers from across Colombia to learn how to make coffee better—for the people who drink it and those who grow it.

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Topics: Progress Towards Peace, South America, Progressive Partnerships, Stories of Impact

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

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

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

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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

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

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