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  • "A GPS for Social Impact"
    Michael McCreless & Brian Trelstad

    A GPS for Social ImpactThis article featured in the Fall 2012 edition of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. It discusses how Root Capital and Acumen Fund propose a system for program evaluation that is akin to GPS.

    "Measuring social impact is a quixotic pursuit. We both should know. Over the last several years, each of us has worked at leading social investment funds—Root Capital and Acumen Fund—measuring, managing, and communicating the social impact of our respective organizations’ investment portfolios. We have done a reasonable job counting outputs and aligning our performance with our own and other impact funds through the adoption of the Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS). But..."

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    Aug 16, 2012
  • "Scaling Climate Smart Agriculture by Financing Small and Growing Businesses"
    Jesse Last

    Jesse Last guest blogs for the CGAP series titled "Climate Smart Financial Services."

    At Root Capital, we believe that facilitating the growth of climate-smart agricultural businesses that aggregate hundreds and sometimes thousands of small-scale farmers can break cycles of rural poverty and environmental degradation. Over the past decade, we’ve financed hundreds of small and growing businesses employing sustainable approaches such as agroforestry, organic production, and responsible harvesting of natural products. Scaling these and other climate-smart practices at the smallholder level can maintain the integrity of valuable landscapes while creating more prosperous and climate-resilient livelihoods for farmers, their families and communities.

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    Apr 16, 2012
  • “An Agricultural Peace Dividend”
    William Foote

    This article featured in the Spring 2012 edition of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. It discusses how in northern Uganda, home to one of Africa’s longest and most brutal civil conflicts, organic farming is producing economic growth and stability.

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    Feb 17, 2012
  • “Root Capital: A Case Study in Impact Investing”
    Liam Brody

    In this article, that appeared in Americas Quarterly in November, Liam Brody, Root Capital's Senior Vice President of Value Chain Relations, explains how Root Capital introduces big investors to small rural farmers and cooperatives—with dramatic results.

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    Nov 09, 2011
  • “Global Agricultural Value Chains: Sustainable Growth as a Means for Sustainable Development”
    Patricia Devaney

    Featured in the San Francisco Fed's Community Development Investment Review, this article was written by Patricia Devaney, Director of Knowledge and Impact. It discusses Root Capital's model for sustainable economic development, addressing the financing needs of rural small and growing businesses and building agricultural value chains.

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    Mar 04, 2011
  • “Conservation Finance in the Galápagos Islands: Capitalizing the Missing Middle”
    Brian Milder

    Brian Milder, Root Capital's Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, wrote this chapter of Conservation Capital in the Americas. The chapter examines the experiences of two ecotourism enterprises in the Galápagos Islands as they assess the potential environmental and social impacts of certification in sustainable tourism.

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    Jan 01, 2010
  • “Closing the gap: Reaching the missing middle and rural poor through value chain finance”
    Brian Milder

    This article by Brian Milder, Root Capital's Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, focuses on external financial institutions operating in Africa and Latin America that are using innovative approaches to value chain finance to serve both small-scale rural producers and the small and growing businesses that link them to urban and export markets.

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    Dec 01, 2009