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Governments Can Do More to Unlock Innovation and Support Market Growth in the Agriculture Sector

May 21, 2015 Category: Policy Tags: agriculture development aspen journal of ideas government policy

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2014 marked the African Year of Agriculture and Food Security, in which African governments recommitted to allocating a significant percentage of their budgets to agriculture. Like never before, the momentum and energy exists to bring about substantial positive impacts to farmers and communities throughout the continent. Governments have made a lot of progress in creating a better environment for agriculture innovation and investment- what else can they do to unlock innovation and support market growth? 

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Why One Acre Fund Trains Farmers in Composting

May 19, 2015 Category: Core Program Field Photos Tags: composting rwanda soil health training

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One Acre Fund is sharply focused on our program’s long-term impact on soil. One way we help farmers improve their soil is through composting trainings, which we offer in Kenya, Rwanda, and Burundi. We asked Rwanda field manager Eric Nyiruburanga to walk us through each step of One Acre Fund's compost training. To view the full post, click here.

On International Day of Families, Farmers Share Hopes for Their Children

May 14, 2015 Category: Farmer Profile Field Photos Tags: east africa farmers international day of families

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Yovita may live in a remote part of Tanzania, yet in many ways she is no different from parents worldwide. She takes great pride in her children, and works hard every single day to ensure they have healthy and happy lives, full of opportunities. In honor of the International Day of Families 2015, we asked Yovita and a few smallholder farmers who work with One Acre Fund in East Africa to tell us why family is so important to them, and what they hope for their childrens' futures. To view the full post, click here.

10 Farmers Show off their Sunflower Fields in Tanzania

May 11, 2015 Category: Field Photos Tags: growing season smallholder sunflowers tanzania

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By April of every year, the entire landscape surrounding Iringa, Tanzania turns a golden yellow. Below the boulder-covered mountain ridges, endless fields of sunflowers peer over the tasseling maize. We invited 10 farmers in Tanzania to show off their fields and tell us why they love growing these bright blossoms, and what they plan to do with the extra income they’ll generate. To view the full post, click here.

Kenya Celebrates Working Moms on Mother’s Day

May 08, 2015 Category: Staff Profile Tags: kenya national women's leadership council mothers day

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Exactly one year ago, One Acre Fund Kenya launched the Women’s Leadership Council, aimed at supporting, mentoring, and enabling female staff to reach their full professional potential at One Acre Fund. Another goal was to ensure female staff—many of whom are mothers — are able to enjoy a healthy balance between their home and work responsibilities. This Mother's Day, we profile two working moms leading One Acre Fund's Kenya National Women's Leadership Council. To view the full post, click here.

Two New Farmers in Tanzania: Different Stories, Same Dreams

May 05, 2015 Category: Farmer Profile Tags: annual report farmer stories tanzania

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Though One Acre Fund is still relatively new to Tanzania, farmer interest in our program is growing quickly. In the midst of all this growth, we profiled Calvin Chalale and Sakina Nyaulinogo, two new farmers in Tanzania who enrolled with One Acre Fund for the very first time this year. Besides being new to One Acre Fund, these two farmers also share a desire to achieve their business goals and build a bright future for their loved ones. To view the full post, click here.

Q&A with Stella Wanyama, Smallholder Farmer from Kenya

Apr 30, 2015 Category: Farmer Profile Tags: ask a farmer kenya smallholder

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You asked, and now Stella Wanyama has answered! We took your questions to the field and asked Stella about farming, her dreams for her children, and what she likes to do for fun. Read the full interview to learn first-hand what life is like for smallholder farmers in rural Kenya. To view the full post, click here.

The Best Reads from the Month of Microfinance

Apr 22, 2015 Category: Microfinance Roundup Tags: microfinance momf 2015 smallholder

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The microfinance field continues to grow and expand. April has even been designated the official “Month of Microfinance,” and whether you’re a microfinance novice, or have a nuanced understanding of the sector, below is a list of articles and reports we think add value to this important, ongoing conversation: To view the full post, click here.

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.  To view the full post, click here.

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.

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