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Organic Agriculture: How This Costa Rican Co-op is Growing a Better Future for Its Farmers

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Nov 20, 2017 6:00:00 AM

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In Walter Elizondo Naranjo’s office in San Antonio, Costa Rica, hangs a large banner with pictures of pineapple, bananas, and oranges. 100% orgánico, the banner proudly states. Looking at the banner, Walter grins broadly. “This is COOPEASSA.”

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Topics: Preserving the Planet, Mexico and Central America

What’s the Buzz? How Rural Businesses Face the Global Bee Crisis Head-on

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Nov 14, 2017 12:08:55 PM

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Lately, there’s been a lot of buzz about bees—and not all of it’s good. Around the world, honeybees are dying out. But what does this really mean—and how are agricultural businesses addressing this crisis?

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Topics: Preserving the Planet, Mexico and Central America

In This Corner of Honduras, “Agriculture” Isn’t a Dirty Word

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Sep 22, 2017 9:50:51 AM

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For young people in many farming communities, agriculture has become a dirty word. But in Ocotepeque, Honduras, ag is cool.

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Topics: Mexico and Central America, Future of Farming, Stories of Impact

Internal Credit Funds: Extending Credit Where it’s Needed Most

Posted by Will McAneny  |  May 11, 2017 10:26:17 AM

Members of APROCASSI, a coffee cooperative in Peru, line up to apply for credit from the cooperative's internal credit fund.

Members of APROCASSI, a coffee cooperative in Peru, line up to apply for credit from the cooperative's internal credit fund.

When asked about the effect that a rural business’ internal credit fund has on farmers, Root Capital advisor Fany Murillo answers with a single word: “epic.”

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Topics: Mexico and Central America, Strengthening Businesses, Increasing Incomes

Detrás del escenario con el equipo de Asesoría de Root Capital

Posted by Melanny Zúñiga  |  Apr 6, 2017 1:24:39 PM

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Lula Pérez, asesora de Root Capital.

En diciembre del 2016, con la aproximación del cierre de la Iniciativa para la Resiliencia de los Productores de Café (CFRI, por sus siglas en inglés), aprovechamos la oportunidad para celebrar los resultados de este esfuerzo polifacético de canalizar capital y capacitación a empresas asociativas productoras de café en la lucha contra el brote de la roya en América Latina.

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Topics: Mexico and Central America, Strengthening Businesses, En Español, Staff Profiles

Making Agriculture Work for the Farmers of the Future

Posted by Alexandra Tuinstra  |  Jan 17, 2017 12:24:15 PM

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Noe Portillo of CAPUCAS, explaining how his cooperative is supporting farmers in diversifying into other crops like tomatoes. 

“If we don’t have coffee… well, we just have to look for another alternative.” In just a few words, CAPUCAS agronomist Noe Portillo perfectly sums up the practical and bold leadership that’s needed in coffee today.

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Topics: Mexico and Central America, Strengthening Businesses, Future of Farming, Stories of Impact