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These Guatemalan Farmers Are Harnessing the Power of Digital Data With Help From Root Capital

Posted by Rob Hefferon  |  Feb 28, 2020 2:39:24 PM

Two cooperative employees crowded around a computer with one pointing at the screen and the other looking on.

Since the advent of the internet, digital technology has revolutionized the coffee industry. Buyers price their contracts with algorithmic software. Roasters optimize the flavor of their beans by controlling heat to a fraction of a degree. Even baristas use high-tech kits to test the chemical makeup of their brews. But while the world has changed around them, many coffee farmers have been left out.

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Topics: Environment, Advisory Services, Stories of Impact, Livelihoods, Digital Business Intelligence

To Adapt to a Changing Climate, Coffee Farmers Need Bold Allies

Posted by Abigail Bok  |  Apr 26, 2019 10:38:53 AM

Agronomists assist coffee farmers with a process called stumping

The saw makes a grinding sound as Albert, a young Ugandan agronomist, maneuvers it back and forth slowly, cutting through the trunk of the coffee tree. His colleague Ambrose stands next to him, bracing the tree and readying himself to carefully lower it to the ground once the trunk is severed. They repeat the process, one, two, three times for a single tree, cutting away three small trunks almost to the stump—until there’s just a single spindly-looking branch remaining.

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Topics: East Africa, Environment, Partnerships, Stories of Impact

What Fair Trade And Other Coffee Certifications Mean For Farmer Livelihoods

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Apr 9, 2019 10:30:00 AM

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Certifications give consumers insights into where their coffee comes from. But with so many certifications out there, figuring out what each one means can be challenging. Here's a short guide to help you understand the major coffee certifications—and what getting certified means for our client businesses and coffee farmers.

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Topics: Environment, Livelihoods

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: Women in Agriculture, Environment, News and Announcements

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

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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, Environment, News and Announcements, Livelihoods

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: Peace, Environment, South America, Stories of Impact