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Meet 3 New One Acre Fund Field Officers in Kenya

Jul 28, 2015 Category: Staff Profile Tags: field officers kenya recruitment

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Each year in July, our team in Kenya hires new field officers to replace recently promoted staffers and support expansion into new areas in Kenya. This year we hired more than 150 new field officers, whose hard work and commitment will help ensure operations in the 2016 season run smoothly. Today, we’d like to introduce you to three of the newest members of our Kenya team!

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Giving Her Children The Education She Never Had

Jul 21, 2015 Category: Farmer Profile Tags: cow education kenya school

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Agnes Ombati dreamed of seeing her children receive good educations since she was a young mother. Her strong belief in the power of education has helped her children succeed in school, and develop dreams of their own.

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Turning Sunflowers Into Sauce in Tanzania

Jul 21, 2015 Category: Farmer Profile Tags: harvest recipe sunflowers tanzania

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After we shared our last sunflower photo essay, one of the most common questions we received from readers was, “How do farmers make food and oil from their sunflowers?”

In this two-part series, we’ve asked two sunflower farmers in Tanzania to show us how they use their sunflower seeds in cooking.

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How One Acre Fund’s Hotline Enhances Customer Service in Kenya

Jul 17, 2015 Category: Operations Tags: customer engagement customer service kenya

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In 2012, the customer engagement team had only two agents handling all calls. Back then, the team would receive about 20 calls per day. Today, the customer engagement team has grown to eight staffers. The hotline has become more popular than ever, with agents receiving over 100 calls per day! Farmers have learned that they can call with any issue, however delicate it is, and that the team will work hard to solve any problems they have. To view the full post, click here.

The Key Ingredients for Recruiting Top Talent in East Africa

Jul 14, 2015 Category: Staff Profile Tags: kenya people operations recruitment staff profiles

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Wangari Mungai is a people operations associate based in Nairobi, Kenya. She joined One Acre Fund in October 2014. Just shy of her one-year anniversary, we sat down with Wangari to learn more about her day-to-day work, her biggest challenge, and what she thinks the secret ingredient is to recruiting great candidates. To view the full post, click here.

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Kenya’s Crop Research Stations

Jul 10, 2015 Category: Trials Tags: agriculture intercropping kenya research stations

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One Acre Fund’s crop research stations are where we test out new ideas in a controlled environment. They are the starting point for most of the larger-scale agricultural trials that we conduct with Kenyan farmers. We hope that the ideas we test on our research stations will one day translate into significant impact for all the farmers we work with. To view the full post, click here.

Lighting the Way for a Brighter Future in the Kawaga House

Jul 07, 2015 Category: Farmer Profile Tags: flexible repayment harvest tanzania

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Yovita owns two acres of land and had grown maize on them for years, hoping to produce enough food to provide for Rehema and herself each season. Farming her land sunrise to sunset, Yovita worked hard every day but says the harvest was never enough. To view the full post, click here.


Jul 01, 2015 Category: Core Program News Tags: enrollment press release tanzania

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IRINGA, Tanzania, July 1, 2015 — One Acre Fund, a nonprofit agriculture organization that offers farming inputs and training on credit to smallholder farmers, today announced open enrollment for the 2016 planting season in Tanzania. Participating farmers will receive a complete bundle of agricultural inputs and services on credit, including the delivery of hybrid seeds and fertilizer, training on how to maximize crop yields, and education on how to minimize post-harvest losses.  To view the full post, click here.

In Kenya, Farmers Choose Sweet Potatoes as Alternative to Maize

Jun 30, 2015 Category: Core Program Market Access Tags: input delivery kenya nyanza sweet potatoes

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While the threat of MLND in western Kenya has diminished considerably since 2012, the threat in Nyanza region is still high. In May 2015, One Acre Fund offered farmers in Nyanza the choice of buying bags of sweet potato vines as an optional add-on to their credit package. Lots of people jumped at the opportunity. To view the full post, click here.

Dairy Trials Aim to Improve Cow Health, Milk Production

Jun 29, 2015 Category: Trials Tags: dairy cow livestock trials

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One of the many ways One Acre Fund farmers choose to re-invest the extra income they generate from successful harvests is through business investments such as livestock. Livestock— and cows in particular— are productive assets, providing farmers with a source of food, milk and natural fertilizer. In 2014, One Acre Fund decided to trial interventions that would help farmers improve cow health and milk production. To view the full post, click here.

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