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Female Staff Advance their Careers in Kenya

Aug 25, 2014 Category: Staff Profile Tags: kenya national women's leadership council staff women

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Pauline is one of a growing number of women who are advancing to senior leadership roles, and helping to shape the future of One Acre Fund. Recently, she helped to launch our Kenya National Women’s Leadership Council. With Pauline’s help, the Council will support, mentor, and enable female staff to reach their full professional potential at One Acre Fund while ensuring good work-life balance. 

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How Crop Storage Changes Lives in Kenya

Aug 21, 2014 Category: Core Program Tags: crop storage harvest kenya kiswahili

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In Kenya, our crop storage campaign is called "Tatu Hadi Tatu," meaning "three until three" in Kiswahili. This phrase is repeated to encourage farmers to save at least three sacks of grain from their August harvests until March, the third month of the following year.  To view the full post, click here.

Increasing Client Density Through Innovation

Aug 19, 2014 Category: Staff Profile Tags: client density enrollment innovation smallholder surveys

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One Acre Fund is an organization that believes in experimenting. The result is that our model is continuously being refined and improved. Improvement comes in many forms, but one of the areas we’re constantly working on is scale. We always ask ourselves: how can we serve more farmers? The scale innovations team is dedicated to answering this question.  To view the full post, click here.

Recruiting Top-Notch Staff is Key to Serving Farmers

Aug 18, 2014 Category: Operations Tags: field officer jobs kenya recruitment

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Recruiting the very best field officers ensures that the field operations team can provide farmers with high quality service. ​One Acre Fund Senior Field Director Alfred Shava discusses how the recruitment process works, and why it's so important.

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A Harvest Morning in Photos

Aug 14, 2014 Category: Field Photos Tags: harvest maize photos smallholder tanzania

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Isaya Msilu and Elisi Ndanga of Kikombwe, Tanazania enrolled with One Acre Fund for the first time this year. They own four acres of land and decided to purchase hybrid maize seed and fertilizer on credit for one acre.

August 6th marked the day they would harvest their One Acre Fund acre. Isaya and Elisi were excited. They had watched as the maize on that one acre grew taller and stronger than the rest of their maize crop, and were eager to begin the harvest.

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Historic U.S.- Africa Leaders Summit Concludes

Aug 12, 2014 Category: News Tags: agriculture development smallholder u.s.- africa leaders summit

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Last week, President Obama, African heads of state, and selected influencers in trade, investment, development, and policy gathered in Washington D.C. for the U.S. -Africa Leaders Summit. The first of its kind, the summit was touted as a step towards fostering a stronger relationship between the United States and the African continent. To view the full post, click here.

Buying bulls with beans and land with bulls

Aug 08, 2014 Category: Farmer Profile Tags: beans cow harvest maize rwanda

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As a 49-year-old widow and caretaker of four, Beatrice knew her harvests were essential to her family’s wellbeing. She planted large plots of beans and maize with smaller sections of sweet potatoes, cassava, and bananas. But what she ended up with at harvest time was never enough to feed her family. To view the full post, click here.

Financial Strain in Western Kenya

Aug 07, 2014 Category: Farmer Profile Tags: inputs kenya one campaign planting smallholder

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“Things were going well, but now they’ve turned,” David says.

Consistent with the financial swings many smallholder farmers in rural East Africa face, David and Zipporah saw their new business of buying and selling maize, along with the purchasing capital they had earned for it, disappear within a week.

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Sharing Lessons From Kenya to Malawi

Aug 04, 2014 Category: Staff Profile Tags: field manager kenya malawi new country pilot

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As One Acre Fund expands into new countries across East Africa, we hope to take the lessons we’ve learned and use those to guide our pilots and trials in new territory. Recently we asked two of our outstanding field managers from Kenya to travel to our pilot in Malawi to share what they know. Ravetyne Abuti is one of these field managers, and we asked her how the trip is going so far. To view the full post, click here.

Fin4Ag Conference Highlights

Jul 31, 2014 Category: Microfinance Tags: agriculture development fin4ag kenya microfinance

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On July 17th, One Acre Fund participated in the Fin4Ag conference in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference, organized by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, brought together over 500 people from the public, private and civic sectors to discuss ways to improve agricultural finance. To view the full post, click here.

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