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Smallholder Farmers: A Critical Piece of the Climate Change Solution

Posted by Elizabeth Teague  |  Aug 3, 2016 12:26:49 PM

When it comes to climate change, the world’s farmers are often portrayed as either victims or contributors. But what if we, instead, viewed them as part of the solution?

Farmers have enormous potential to be environmental stewards, conserving vital resources for generations to come. We see this every day in our work at Root Capital. Through “climate-smart” agricultural practices – like  agroforestry production or the use of drought-resistant seeds – farmers are leading the way when it comes to climate change solutions.

This new video from Farming First explains how climate-smart agriculture has helped farmers around the world adapt and thrive in the face of a changing climate: 

 

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Topics: Climate Smart Agriculture

As Demand Grows, It’s Time to Invest in the Future of Coffee

Posted by Matt Foerster  |  Apr 29, 2016 10:41:49 AM

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This year, the world will consume more coffee than ever before. And industry projections point to growing demand in the years ahead, especially in emerging markets. Take China, for example. During its annual investor meeting last month, Starbucks highlighted that it’s opening the equivalent of one new store in China every day. The problem, however, is that this rising global demand for coffee cannot be met with a dwindling supply.

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Topics: Climate Smart Agriculture, South America, Central America, Issue Brief Series

How Extension Services Drive Business Success

Posted by Elizabeth Teague  |  Mar 10, 2016 1:37:36 PM

In December, we published an issue brief focused on the potential of small-and-growing businesses to create shared value for entire supply chains through their agricultural extension services. When delivered effectively, extension services can serve public objectives related to improved farmer livelihoods and environmental conservation, as well as commercial objectives related to procurement and supply chain risk mitigation.

In this post, we discuss one example of successful shared value extension from our portfolio.

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Agriaccess General Manager Tony Poore speaking to one of the Agriaccess farmer groups about an upcoming input delivery

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Topics: Food Security & Nutrition, Climate Smart Agriculture, West Africa, Issue Brief Series

Empowering Farmers in the Face of Climate Change

Posted by Kate Hyder  |  Feb 9, 2016 11:00:00 AM

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Sonia Vasquez, agricultural extension officer for COMSA, presenting during the first day of the workshop

For many of our clients, agricultural extension is a lifeline for the farm families they serve. “Extension,” as it is known in agriculture circles, is the delivery of agronomic best practices that can help farmers increase productivity, adapt to climate change and increase profitability. In December, we released an issue brief that highlighted, among other things, barriers to effective extension and how Root Capital works to help clients overcome these barriers using a shared value approach.

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Topics: Climate Smart Agriculture, Issue Brief Series, "Hidden Influencers"

Agriculture in the Age of Climate Change

Posted by Elizabeth Teague  |  Dec 2, 2015 9:38:09 AM

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Today, we're thrilled to announce the release of our latest issue brief, Investing in Resilience: A Shared Value Approach to Agricultural Extension. 

This issue brief is the third in a series supported by the Skoll Foundation and the Citi Foundation. 

 

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As world leaders gather in Paris this week for the latest round of climate change talks, there is increasing attention on the role of agriculture as “both a victim of and a contributor to climate change.”

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Topics: Climate Smart Agriculture, Issue Brief Series

Sustainable Agriculture Depends on Women

Posted by Catherine Gill  |  Jul 23, 2015 10:00:00 AM

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Stella Kimemia of Classic Foods | photo credit: Partners in Food Solutions

Note: This post orginally appeared on the Rachel's Network blog.

It’s an inspiring thing to see a woman-led business increasing livelihoods for women farmers and employees in parts of the world that markets struggle to reach. It’s even more powerful when that business does so while having a positive impact on the physical environment.

At Root Capital, investing in those kinds of businesses – high-impact, gender-inclusive, focused on agriculture – is our sweet spot. We provide loans and capacity-building services to these enterprises in Africa, Asia and Latin America, giving them the critical capital they need, but all too often cannot access, to grow their business and scale their impact.

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Topics: East Africa, Women in Agriculture, Climate Smart Agriculture