Root Capital (Multiple Countries)


$5 million investment to support Root Capital, a nonprofit development financier, to expand into new commodities and new markets in Africa.

Root Capital, founded in 1999, is a nonprofit development financier that provides loans and financial training to farmer aggregators, cooperatives and agricultural small- and medium enterprises  (SMEs) in more than 30 countries in Africa and Latin America, already reaching 600,000 beneficiaries. The GAFSP Private Sector Window loan will be concurrent with IFC's loan investment of $5 million. The $10 million will help the company achieve greater economies of scale,  continue its progress toward becoming a self-sustaining financial institution, and enable it to reach more, underserved farmers and businesses.


Private Sector Solutions for Development: Root Capital and Smallholder Agriculture -GAFSP, April 2013


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Contact information:

  • Mr. Niraj Shah (Head, GAFSP Unit for IFC,,+1-202-473-3743), based in Washington D.C. 


Project Documents:

Summary of Investment Information: Root Capital

IFC, GAFSP Invest $10 Million in Root Capital to Support Small Farmers in Africa, Latin America

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