Press and Awards

Swedish Postcode Lottery

December 2013: One Acre Fund awarded grant to support Tanzania new country launch

The Swedish Postcode Lottery, through Svenska PostKodStiftelsen, has awarded One Acre Fund 3,000,000 SEK ($340,000 USD) to support the expansion of our Tanzania operations, our most recent new country launch.  This grant will help to fuel our growth to more than 8,000 Tanzanian farm families over the next two years, as well as drive adoption of solar light technology to an estimated 30% of our Tanzania network by the end of the grant period.


One Acre Fund Media Kit

Partnership for smallholder technology adoption

November 2013: One Acre Fund receives $11.6m grant to fuel global innovations in smallholder technology adoption

One Acre Fund is honored to announce that we have received a three-year, $11.6m grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Through this partnership, One Acre Fund will leverage our unique operating model and “innovations platform” to bring agriculture technologies to the doorsteps of rural farm families. The project will directly enable at least 200,000 One Acre Fund farm families to access high-impact agriculture technologies over the coming three years, and will create new technology adoption partnerships with African governments to reach country-wide scale. Click here to learn more about our partnership. 

The MasterCard Foundation

October 2013: The MasterCard Foundation and One Acre Fund launch $10 million partnership

The MasterCard Foundation and One Acre Fund have launched a four-year, $10 million partnership that will expand access to financial services and training for smallholder farmers in Kenya, Rwanda, and Burundi. The project will directly enable 181,000 additional poor farm households to improve their farming techniques, and ultimately double their farm profits on every planted acre. In addition, the partnership will help pioneer a new sector of microfinance, increasing the interest and commitment among microfinance institutions to expand successfully into rural areas. Click here to learn more about our partnership.

The Global Journal

January 2012 and 2013: One Acre Fund in Top 100 NGO List

One Acre Fund was listed at #18 on The Global Journal's list of the world's Top 100 NGOs in 2013, rising 42 spots from the 2012 inaugural ranking. Click here to view the full list.


June 2012: One Acre Fund Wins Two USAID grants

One Acre Fund is proud to announce a new partnership with USAID. We will receive $3.5m in total grants from 2012-2014, through two innovative new funding facilities: Development Grants Program and Global Development Alliance.

The Last Hunger Season

May 2012: Award-Winning Journalist Roger Thurow's Book about Four One Acre Fund Farmers is Published.

The Last Hunger Season tells the global hunger story through One Acre Fund farm families in Kenya, linking their challenges and successes to the broader debate on agriculture development policy.

PBS News Hour

April 2012: One Acre Fund Featured on PBS NewsHour

On April 3, the PBS NewsHour aired a segment about One Acre Fund's field operations in Kenya and Rwanda. Correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro visited our operations in January, and the segment discusses our operating model and how we've grown to serve over 130,000 farm families in East Africa.

The show is part of the Food for 9 Billion series. Click here to watch the segment.

The Christian Science Monitor

March 2012: One Acre Fund Featured in Christian Science Monitor

One Acre Fund was featured in an article on the website of the Christian Science Monitor. The article says that we offer "a new type of microfinance designed specifically for Africa's small farmers." Click here to read the full article.


December 2011: One Acre Fund Included in Forbes Impact 30

One Acre Fund is honored to be included in the Forbes Impact 30, the magazine's first-ever list of the leading social entrepreneurs who are "tackling the world's most intractable problems." Click here to view the full list.

Financial Times

June 2010 and 2011: One Acre Fund Wins Financial Times Sustainable Banking Award

One Acre Fund was the proud recipient of the Financial Times/ IFC Sustainable Banking Award for Achievement in Basic Needs Financing, two years in a row. The awards attracted 156 entries from 110 institutions in 44 countries. The basic needs financing award is a tremendous validation of One Acre Fund's model from some of the preeminent thought leaders in the banking world.

Skoll Foundation

April 2010: One Acre Fund Awarded Prestigious Skoll Award

The Skoll Foundation’s mission is to drive large-scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and other innovators dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing problems. One Acre Fund was one of five organizations to win the prestigious 2010 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, which includes $765,000 awarded over three years.

The Skoll Foundation is known for its incredibly thorough due diligence - they verified that we are on a path to create as much human impact as the best organizations in the world. For more on the award and on Skoll, click here to view the announcement page on Skoll's website.

The Mulago Foundation

June 2007: One Acre Fund Wins Mulago Social Investments Grant

Mulago Social Investments awarded One Acre Fund a $100,000 grant, and increased their 2008 grant to $200,000. Mulago Social Investments systematically chooses the best high-impact, scalable non-profit solutions in the developing world.

Draper Richards Kaplan

January 2007: One Acre Fund Wins Draper Richards Grant

The Draper Richards Foundation carefully funds the best early-stage nonprofit organizations. In 2007, they awarded One Acre Fund $100,000 per year for three years. The rigorous application process involved a panel of twelve top agricultural leaders and references, who all believed in our basic program model of investing in farmers to end poverty. The grant served as a call to action, providing the overhead and capacity for significant program expansion.

Echoing Green

May 2006: One Acre Fund Wins Echoing Green Grant

Echoing Green identifies individuals with ideas for social change and provides them with seed money and strategic support to help them launch new organizations. One Acre Fund was one of 12 young "social start-ups" selected by the Echoing Green Foundation, out of 850 applicants, for a two-year startup grant.

Pershing Square Foundation

2009: Founding Grant to Permanent Fund

In 2009, Pershing Square Foundation made the founding grant to start One Acre Fund's Permanent Fund. This fund provides the capital that One Acre Fund uses to make loans to farm families. At the end of every year, this fund is replenished by repayments from those same farmers - and thus can be used to serve more farmers, permanently.

Pershing Square Foundation's first gift was for $0.5 million in 2009, followed by $1 million in 2010, and a $5 million commitment from 2011 to  2013. After each grant, One Acre Fund has been able to make a significant upward revision to our projected growth path.