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Elizabeth Teague

As our Senior Associate for Environmental Performance, Elizabeth advances Root Capital’s environmental mission by leading the development and continuous improvement of our environmental due diligence program and environmental impact assessment strategy. Previously, she worked as an agricultural assistant with a nonprofit training center in Japan that provides rural leaders from Asia, Africa, and the Pacific with skills in sustainable agriculture and community development. She holds a B.A. in history from Dartmouth College.

RECENT POSTS

New Tools to Assess Social and Environmental Practices in Smallholder Supply Chains

Posted by Elizabeth Teague  |  Mar 3, 2015 5:40:00 PM

One year ago, we published our inaugural issue brief on the emerging business case for financial institutions to conduct due diligence on the social and environmental practices of their borrowers and investees. To stimulate a broader dialogue on the topic, we also released the social and environmental scorecards that Root Capital loan officers use to evaluate the performance of our clients: small and growing businesses (SGBs) that aggregate and serve thousands of smallholder farmers.

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Topics: Environment, News and Announcements, Advisory Services

From Guatemala: Three Ideas for Improved Agricultural Training

Posted by Elizabeth Teague  |  Jan 16, 2015 3:43:00 PM

Executive_Summary_Cover-1This is the fourth in a series of posts that take a closer look at the results of our latest impact study: Improving Rural Livelihoods: A Study of Four Guatemalan Cooperatives. 

Last month, we shared one of the findings from our recent multi-client impact study: that cooperative membership was associated with more widespread use of sustainable agricultural practices by farmers.

Despite these signs of improvement, however, we also found that the overall use of sustainable agricultural practices remained limited. Most cooperative members reported using only a handful of the 10 sustainable agricultural practices examined in the study. When they did use these practices, members were often implementing them incorrectly or inconsistently from year to year, due to financial constraints or limited agronomic knowledge. 

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Topics: Environment, Mexico and Central America, Advisory Services

Reducing the Environmental Footprint of Coffee Production: Learning from Guatemala

Posted by Elizabeth Teague  |  Dec 19, 2014 9:41:00 AM

This is the third in a series of posts that take a closer look at the results of our latest impact study: Improving Rural Livelihoods: A Study of Four Guatemalan Cooperatives. 

Last month, we shared key findings from an impact study conducted with four Root Capital clients, coffee cooperatives in Guatemala. Together, these cooperatives provide market access for over 800 smallholder farmers, who generally own one to four hectares of land.

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Topics: Environment, Mexico and Central America

Environmental Impact: A Glimpse Into Tziscao Coffee Cooperative

Posted by Elizabeth Teague  |  Sep 19, 2014 9:50:00 AM

 

In 2012 and 2013, Root Capital conducted a mobile data management project with Tziscao (pseudonym to protect the confidentiality of our client), a coffee cooperative client in southern Mexico. While not designed as an impact study, the engagement with Tziscao provided us with data pointing to the cooperative’s likely impacts on its farmer members, both in terms of improved livelihoods and environmental performance, as well as a window into Root Capital’s impact on the cooperative. The results are highlighted below and discussed in more detail in the full study.

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Topics: Environment, Mexico and Central America, Advisory Services

Announcing New Case Study: Tziscao Coffee Cooperative

Posted by Elizabeth Teague  |  Aug 28, 2014 12:56:00 PM

Member of Tziscao, a coffee cooperative in southern Mexico

In 2012 and 2013, Root Capital conducted a mobile data management project with Tziscao (pseudonym to protect the confidentiality of our client), a coffee cooperative client in southern Mexico. While not designed as an impact study, the engagement with Tziscao provided us with data pointing to the cooperative’s likely impacts on its farmer members, both in terms of improved livelihoods and environmental performance, as well as a window into Root Capital’s impact on the cooperative. The results are highlighted below and discussed in more detail in the full study.

Read more

Topics: Environment, Mexico and Central America, Advisory Services