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In Tanzania, New Government Relations Role Means Big Growth

Apr 20, 2015 Category: Policy Staff Profile Tags: government relations jobs tanzania

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A huge factor in the rapid growth of our core program in Tanzania has been the positive relationships we’ve developed with key government officials. The Tanzania government relations analyst will be responsible for deepening existing relationships with officials at the Ministry of Agriculture at local and national levels, while also ensuring our field operations are compliant with regulatory requirements. They will also coordinate the work of local government relations officers at village and district levels, supporting field operations in existing districts and helping drive expansion into new districts as well. 

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Maize and a Motorbike Revive One Family’s Hope

Apr 20, 2015 Category: Farmer Profile Tags: farmer stories maize tanzania

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When Leunisia Lunyungu’s husband died in a traffic accident, leaving her a six-month pregnant widow with seven children at home, she felt true despair. “I didn’t have enough food for my family,” Leunisia says. “When I would reach December, the food I had harvested only months before would already be gone.”  To view the full post, click here.

One Acre Fund Shares Big Milestones, New Products in Q12015

Apr 14, 2015 Category: Core Program Sustainability Tags: country milestones kpis new products open analyst call

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On March 30th, 2015, One Acre Fund hosted its bi-annual open analyst call. These calls are an excellent opportunity to learn about One Acre Fund’s progress towards achieving country-specific milestones, and to ask senior leadership questions about the organization’s plans for the future. To view the full post, click here.

5 Reasons Soil Health Is Key To The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

Apr 13, 2015 Category: Sustainability Tags: iys2015 sdgs soil facts soil health

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Humans are intricately tied to soil. Ninety-five percent of our food and fiber come from the soil, and over 99.9 percent of our fresh drinking water passes through soil. We even define ourselves by our relationship to soil: the words “human” and “humanity” are linguistically rooted in “humus” – which is the fertile upper portion of the soil. In spite of the connections, many of us fail to consider the importance of preserving the health of the earth’s soils for generations to come.  To view the full post, click here.

Ask a Smallholder Farmer: A New Series

Apr 09, 2015 Category: Farmer Profile Tags: ask a farmer farmers first kenya smallholder

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to farm a half-acre of land? Want to know more about what a farmer like Stella sees as the biggest challenges to growing her business? This is your opportunity to ask! Submit your questions to smallholder farmer Stella Wanyama, who will answer your questions on this blog in two weeks’ time! To view the full post, click here.

Responding to the Risks of Farm Finance

Apr 08, 2015 Category: Microfinance Tags: farm finance microfinance momf 2015 smallholder

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While the agriculture sector in Africa employs 65 percent of the labor force, farmers have surprisingly limited access to credit. This is because after crunching the numbers, most traditional MFIs balk at assuming the increased risks associated with financing farmers. Originally published by the Seep Network, this blog explores why MFIs should reconsider financing farmers, and which strategies can be deployed to manage perceived risks.  To view the full post, click here.

A Farmer Remembers the Rwandan Genocide

Apr 06, 2015 Category: Farmer Profile Tags: genocide survivor genocide week rwanda smallholder

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Beatrice was not only a new wife but also a new mother when the Rwandan Genocide began. “I remember it was April…my husband and I had to flee the village with our one-year-old son to escape the bands of murderers. We tried to hide in thick brush outside the village, but unfortunately my husband and son were killed. I managed to escape, but I had to spend three months in hiding, eating, and drinking very little.” To view the full post, click here.

Bridging the Microfinance Gap for Smallholder Farmers

Apr 06, 2015 Category: Microfinance Tags: agriculture microfinance momf 2015 smallholder

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Microfinance is widely known for the incredible speed with which it has scaled to reach hundreds of millions of people, and the positive effect it has had in reducing poverty.However, what many people do not know is that most of these microfinance institutions are located in urban and suburban areas, and they largely target the urban and suburban poor. As a result, the largest group of poor people in the world - smallholder farmers - are largely financially excluded. To view the full post, click here.

One Acre Fund Publishes 2014 Annual Report

Mar 31, 2015 Category: News Tags: ann acre fund annual report farmers first smallholder

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Greetings from One Acre Fund! We are excited to share with you our 2014 Annual Report, which details last year’s progress, shares our future strategies and priorities, and most importantly, shares stories of some of the hard-working smallholder farmers who inspire us every day. To view the full post, click here.

East Africa’s Rich Poetic Tradition

Mar 26, 2015 Category: Roundup Tags: batwa east africa world poetry day

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East Africa has a rich poetic tradition. In honor of our recent celebration of World Poetry Day, we’ve listed a few contemporary East African poets who are active in the countries in which One Acre Fund operates. Who are your favorite poets in East Africa and across the continent? To view the full post, click here.

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