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Five Things I Learned from Our Youth Workshops in Nicaragua

Posted by Will McAneny  |  May 16, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Root Capital advisors with a group of young leaders from Root Capital client El Polo.

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of traveling to the coffeelands of northern Nicaragua to see Root Capital’s advisory team in action.

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Topics: Mexico and Central America, Strengthening Businesses, Future of Farming

Seeding the Future of Rural Communities

Posted by Kristin Williams  |  May 9, 2018 1:29:11 PM

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Young people in rural communities are struggling. There are few jobs. Those that exist are low-paying, physically demanding, and unfulfilling.

It’s no wonder so many youth leave their family farms behind. Their parents can barely make ends meet. Crop disease and extreme weather make it harder every year. Eager to find meaningful work, young people migrate to urban areas at home and abroad—but jobs are scarce there too. With few options but a crowded slum and exploitative labor, their lives become even more precarious.

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Topics: Future of Farming

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

Supporting Farmers, Sustaining the Planet

Posted by Kristin Williams  |  Apr 9, 2018 12:00:00 PM

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Rising temperatures. Devastating storms. Drought. To farmers, this is more than a weather report: it’s a matter of survival.

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Topics: Preserving the Planet