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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

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

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

One Entrepreneur’s Mission to End His Country’s “Silent Hunger”

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Aug 30, 2017 5:59:22 PM

Maize producer, northern Ghana
Maize producer, northern Ghana.

“How can I make healthy food easily available to my country’s poorest people?”

In 2004, a desire to answer this question inspired Ghanaian entrepreneur Samuel “Kwame” Ntim to leave his comfortable job behind and risk everything to start his own social enterprise. Thirteen years later, that risk is paying off—and it’s Ghanaian farmers who are reaping the rewards.

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Topics: Feeding a Hungry Planet, West Africa, Stories of Impact

Reclaiming Home-Grown Grains in Senegal

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Aug 15, 2017 9:30:35 AM

La Vivriére and Root Capital staff

After years of watching working mothers switch from feeding their children Senegalese grains to imported rice, Bineta Coulibaly decided to take action.

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Topics: Feeding a Hungry Planet, Unlocking Opportunities for Women, West Africa, Stories of Impact