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Two Public Sector Experts Join Root Capital’s Board of Directors

Posted by Root Capital  |  Oct 23, 2018 5:54:46 PM

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Transforming the lives of the world’s 450 million smallholder farmers isn’t a task any single organization can achieve; it requires systems-level change that can only be accomplished by many actors working together. That’s why we’re thrilled to welcome two new members to our board of directors—Mary Barton-Dock and C.D. Glin—each of whom brings to the table a wealth of experience working in the public sector. Mary and C.D. understand the critical role that the public sector can play in creating an enabling environment for positive change, and we're excited to benefit from their guidance as we collaborate with state and intergovernmental organizations to bring prosperity to farming communities around the world.

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Topics: Our Community

Transforming the Lives of Rural Women

Posted by Kristin Williams  |  Oct 22, 2018 2:54:13 PM

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Bertha Nzabanita, Rwandan coffee farmer and long-time member of the Musasa cooperative.

One field. That’s all Bertha Nzabanita had left after the devastation of the Rwandan genocide left her a widow. One field, a young son to raise, and few options.

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Topics: Unlocking Opportunities for Women

What I Learned From One Day with a Colombian Coffee Cooperative

Posted by Adam Marcelo  |  Oct 18, 2018 6:00:00 AM

 

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As we begin the journey up into the mountains, a small clearing in the trees opens, revealing the city of Santa Marta behind us and the crystal-blue ocean beyond. Sitting on sideways-facing benches inside of a twenty-year-old Toyota Land Cruiser, we rattle up the mountain. Our driver honks at everyone we pass—it seems like he knows every farmer, shopkeeper, and truck driver on the road.

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Topics: Our Community, South America

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

With the Support of Her Co-op, Coffee Farmer Ana Delia Becerra Is Branching Out Into Ecotourism

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Oct 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM

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By the time the sun rises at Finca Eskandia, the farm has already come alive.

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Topics: Stories of Impact, South America, Progress Towards Peace, Preserving the Planet

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