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How Climate Change Impacts Women Farmers—and What We're Doing About It

Posted by Kristin Williams  |  Mar 8, 2019 9:59:15 AM

Woman holding leaf afflicted by la roya disease

Maria Eufemia Madonado Ocaño holds a small leaf in her hands, mottled yellow where it should be vibrant and green. This leaf represents her livelihood, decimated by la roya—a fungus that develops when conditions are warmer and wetter than usual. The yellow spots are a symptom, but the disease is climate change.

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Topics: Unlocking Opportunities for Women, Preserving the Planet, News and Announcements

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

Root Capital's Impact in 2018

Posted by Root Capital  |  Feb 27, 2019 10:32:21 AM

In 2018, we partnered with hundreds of businesses that changed the lives of nearly three million people in farming communities around the world. We are deeply grateful to our donors and investors for helping us raise incomes, create jobs, and unlock opportunities for farming families.

Check out this infographic that shows what your support made possible in 2018.

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Topics: News and Announcements

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

How Root Capital and the IKEA Foundation are Building the Resilience of Smallholder Farmers in East Africa

Posted by Kristin Williams  |  Jan 16, 2019 9:55:08 AM

Sorghum farmers_USAID photo
Photo: USAID/Siegfried Modola

Root Capital and the IKEA Foundation are announcing a new partnership, worth €4.8 million, to help 260,000 smallholder farmers in Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda increase their income and adapt to climate change. The grant builds on the success of a previous partnership, through which Root Capital supported dozens of Kenyan agricultural businesses, helping them break the cycle of poverty in rural communities.

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Topics: East Africa, Preserving the Planet, News and Announcements, Increasing Incomes

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