One Acre Fund Blog

Breaking into the Banana Business in Rwanda

Oct 20, 2014 Category: Farmer Profile Tags:

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Simon Nyanwasa believes 2015 is going to be a turning point in his life. Through his hard work, his family’s quality of life has improved dramatically over the past few years. But Simon has even bigger goals in mind.

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One Man’s Journey from Refugee to Community Leader

Oct 17, 2014 Category: Staff Profile Tags: burundi farmer innovations manager tanzania

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If there is one characteristic that defines Josias Nduwimana, it’s the ability to make the best of a challenging situation. Just five years ago, he was living in the Mtabila Refugee Camp in northwestern Tanzania, raising his family of five in a one-room hut built from mud bricks and tarps. In 2008, he returned home to Burundi. In less than two years, he went from being a One Acre Fund farmer to being a manager in the innovations department. This is Josias's story.  To view the full post, click here.

Introducing our Fall 2014 European Career Events Calendar

Oct 10, 2014 Category: Roundup Tags: agriculture careers development events recruitment

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Following the recent announcement about our Fall 2014 U.S. career events calendar, we are happy to share with you our Fall 2014 European events calendar. If you are interested in building a career in international development, be sure to check out these career fairs and information sessions! To view the full post, click here.

One Acre Fund World Food Day Reading List

Oct 08, 2014 Category: Roundup Tags: agriculture food for thought reading list world food day

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With World Food Day just around the corner, we realized it was time to double down on our agricultural development reading. We've created a list of 10 books, articles, and reports on various topics in agricultural development that we think are both engaging and relevant. To view the full post, click here.

One Acre Fund Reports Strong Progress towards KPIs

Oct 07, 2014 Category: Operations Tags: data-driven impact harvest kpis open analyst call

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On Monday, September 30th, 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 key impact, scale, and sustainability targets, and to ask senior leadership questions about the organization’s plans for the future. To view the full post, click here.

Saving Together for a Better Life in Kenya

Oct 05, 2014 Category: Microfinance Tags: kenya merry-go-round savings smallholder

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A “merry-go-round” is a small social organization where members contribute a small sum of money on a regular basis, often every week. Each time money is collected, the full sum is paid out to one of the members. Read about how one group of farmers in Kenya is making use of a group savings strategy to invest in new projects and build brighter futures for their families. To view the full post, click here.

New! One Acre Fund Fall 2014 U.S. Career Events Calendar

Sep 30, 2014 Category: Roundup Tags: agriculture development careers events recruitment

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One Acre Fund is excited to introduce our Fall 2014 U.S. Career Events Calendar. If you’re interested in learning more about One Acre Fund, or are considering a career in agricultural development in East Africa, come visit us at one of these upcoming events.  To view the full post, click here.

One Acre Fund Co-hosts UN CFS Side-Event

Sep 30, 2014 Category: Policy Tags: agriculture inputs smallholder un cfs

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One Acre Fund is honored to be co-hosting a side event at the upcoming UN Committee on World Food Security in Rome, Italy. The side-event will shift the focus of the debate away from the well-known challenges and focus on a call for action with key policy recommendations directed at African leaders. To view the full post, click here.

Surviving Field Officer Bootcamp in Kenya

Sep 28, 2014 Category: Field Photos Tags: boot camp field officers kenya training

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At One Acre Fund, before the start of any major activity on our calendar, we prepare our field staff first. We put them through rigorous training so they are ready to handle anything that comes their way. Recently, we photographed one of these training “boot camps” in Kenya, where field officers were preparing for 2015 enrollment.  To view the full post, click here.

Q&A with Field Manager Gerardine Niyitegeka

Sep 22, 2014 Category: Staff Profile Tags: field manager rwanda smallholder staff women

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​In this staff profile, we sat down with farmer-turned-field manager Gerardine Niyitegeka, who discusses what drew her to One Acre Fund, and what she likes best about her work serving farmers in Gitsei, Rwanda.

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