We’ll admit it: we love a good challenge. Nothing fuels our work more than knowing we can lean into the challenges of today to create a more peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable future.
Climate change. Youth unemployment. Food insecurity. These are the wickedest of issues, and yet we know that when creativity, capital, and technology are available to those who need it most, prosperity and peace can follow. We refuse to let these challenges get us down. Instead, we embrace them as a source of inspiration.
Here, we share four stunning facts that are motivating us to work faster, smarter, and harder as we take on the new year ahead.
— The Root Capital Team
FACT: According to The Climate Institute, the amount of land suitable for coffee production worldwide could be cut in half by 2050.
Our coffee clients — cooperatives and businesses that source from hundreds, sometimes thousands of vulnerable coffee-producing families — are finding ways to turn one of the largest agricultural crises in recent history into an opportunity to invest in the future.
FACT: Smallholder farmers and their families produce nearly 70 percent of all food consumed worldwide, but represent the majority of the poorest and hungriest people on earth.
How much do you know about the world's food security challenges? Take this quiz from The Guardian to test your knowledge, and learn more about the near-daily reality of food insecurity faced by so many of the world’s 500 million farming families.