25 Feb '14, 8pm

How Root Capital May Change the Way We Think About Coffee Supply

How Root Capital May Change the Way We Think About Coffee Supply

Climate change is creating new challenges to production by intensifying the pressure on the earth’s dwindling natural resources at a time when more and more anchor firms in agricultural chains are seeking to source more of their products from smallholder farmers. It is not enough, in other words, for smallholder rural enterprises to manage their books well. They also need to manage their natural resources in such a way that they will produce more tomorrow than they do today. And they need to build lasting relationships with the members who grow the products they bring to market. Root’s investment in better understanding the social and environmental performance of potential clients has improved its financial performance in roughly equal measure in two ways — helping it avoid bad loans it would have made otherwise and identifying good loans it would not have made otherwise.

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