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How One Pioneering Business is Raising Incomes in the Kenyan Highlands

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Jan 27, 2017 9:48:10 AM

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Janet Karea Mutuura, 62, at her compound in Meru, Kenya. 

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Topics: Food Security & Nutrition, East Africa, Women in Agriculture

"We Cannot Succeed When Half of Us Are Held Back"

Posted by Willy Foote  |  Mar 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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With ANS Milling General Manager Kate Achaa, fourth from right, during a recent trip to Ghana with Root Capital colleagues and friends from PFS

“I raise up my voice,” she said, speaking matter-of-factly into the microphone during her first speech at the United Nations back in 2013, “not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard... We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”

She, of course, is Malala. A 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai, to be exact.

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Topics: Food Security & Nutrition, Women in Agriculture, West Africa, Willy Foote

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

In the West African Sahel, Women Stand Like Giants

Posted by Willy Foote  |  Jul 9, 2015 9:00:00 AM

The baobab trees of West Africa, gigantic in size and majestic in stature, are providers: They store water and food for animals in times of drought; they provide homes for birds (owls, parakeets and hawks) throughout the year; and, for many local families, the mighty baobab produces fruit, seeds and leaves that provide a critical source of income.

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Just starting a Root Capital due diligence trip in northern Senegal, beside the mighty baobab tree.

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Topics: Food Security & Nutrition, Women in Agriculture, West Africa, Willy Foote

A Glimpse from the Field: Seeing Peru through My Eyes

Posted by Benjamin Schmerler  |  Dec 3, 2014 3:02:00 PM

If you’ve ever been to Peru, you know that there’s almost a magical energy that permeates the country. The colors, the food, the crazy geographical diversity, the cultural heritage, pride and resilience of its remarkable people – although I’ve been to Peru many times, its novelty truly never fades and my love for it grows deeper with each plate of ceviche.

A few weeks ago, I accompanied a small group of Root Capital investors on a trip to the Peruvian countryside, getting a first-hand perspective of Root Capital’s impact by visiting coffee clients and a potential nut client in the San Martin region in the central Andes. As I boarded my flight home, I left feeling inspired and energized by the things we saw, the stories we heard, and the people we met. I think we all did.

Here are a few memorable moments from the trip: 

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Topics: Food Security & Nutrition, South America

Interview with Jeff Dykstra, CEO, Partners in Food Solutions

Posted by Root Capital  |  Nov 25, 2013 10:28:00 AM

Jeff_Dykstra_headshotPartners in Food Solutions (PFS) is one of Root Capital’s allies within the food security space. Earlier this month, we spoke with CEO Jeff Dykstra about his organization and the challenges and opportunities associated with improving food security and nutrition around the world.

What approach does Partners in Food Solutions take to improving food security? 

Partners in Food Solutions (PFS) is an organization that aggregates the experience and know-how of employee volunteers from four leading global food companies: General Mills, Cargill, Royal DSM and Bühler to share that with small and growing food companies in Africa.

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Topics: Food Security & Nutrition