One Acre Fund Blog

Harvesting Climbing Beans: A How-To Guide in Photos

Jul 24, 2014 Category: Field Photos Tags: beans burundi harvest photos rwanda

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From February to May, One Acre Fund farmers in Rwanda and Burundi spend an enormous amount of time and energy on their climbing beans. The harvesting process for beans is intensive and involves multiple steps. 

This May, we photographed farmers in both countries harvesting their climbing beans.

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Achieving Food Security in Tanzania

Jul 22, 2014 Category: Farmer Profile Tags: farmers harvest maize smallholder tanzania

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For years, farmers Deonata and Expedito Mahavile of the Kalenga Ward in Iringa District, Tanzania, did everything they could to ensure they had a good harvest. The results were always disappointing. To view the full post, click here.

The Inside Scoop on Harvest M&E

Jul 17, 2014 Category: Staff Profile Tags: customer service data harvest m&e measurement

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Gaudentia Washiali has worked as a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) agent for One Acre Fund for three years. Get the inside scoop on exactly what her job entails at harvest time. To view the full post, click here.

#FeedingDev Twitter Chat Coming Soon!

Jul 17, 2014 Category: Tags: agriculture development events policy smallholder twitter chat

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One Acre Fund is excited to host a #feedingdev Twitter chat on Friday, July 25th at 11:15am EST/ 4:15pm GMT. Feeding Development it is a week-long digital rally to promote food security, sponsored by Devex and featuring online events hosted by a wide variety of development organizations.  To view the full post, click here.

Solutions for the BoP

Jul 16, 2014 Category: Policy Tags: agriculture development distribution smallholder women

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The phrase BoP refers to the largest and poorest economic group, people who are literally at the “bottom” of the economic pyramid. If someone lives on less than $2.50 per day, they are considered part of the BoP. Right now, close to three billion people belong to the BoP. To view the full post, click here.

Harvesting The Best Sukuma in Town

Jul 14, 2014 Category: Farmer Profile Tags: harvest kenya seeds smallholder

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When it comes to healthy eating, farmers in Muyayi, Kenya, say they have a reason to smile. With the help of One Acre Fund, Jacob Nabilayi and his fellow farmers are feeding his village with one of the most nutritious vegetables out there: collard greens, known locally as sukuma wiki. To view the full post, click here.

Cookstove Demos are a Huge Hit in Kenya

Jul 11, 2014 Category: Field Videos Tags: farmers farmers first innovation kenya video

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One Acre Fund's Kenya innovations team held five demonstration and testing days to allow our farmers to tell us which cookstoves they'd like to purchase. Watch this video to see our farmers in action, and to find out which one they choose! To view the full post, click here.

Scaling Impact: The Scale Innovations Team

Jul 08, 2014 Category: Staff Profile Tags: impact innovation jobs scale staff profiles

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One of One Acre Fund’s primary goals is to have a big impact on each farmer – boosting their yield and increasing their farm profit. But impact per farmer is only one piece of the puzzle. Scale – the number of farmers that we reach in each area – is just as important.

So one of the most important questions we can ask ourselves is: what can we do to reach more farmers? 

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Using Mobile Money to Extend Financial Services To Smallholder Farmers

Jul 03, 2014 Category: Tags: kenya m-pesa microfinance mobile phones repayment

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Kenya is widely acknowledged to be a global leader in mobile money. Over two-thirds of its adult population uses M-PESA, the mobile money system launched in 2007 by Safaricom.

But even in Kenya, many are not using M-PESA. I know many smallholder farmers who are part of this group. They receive seed-and-fertilizer loans from the agriculture organization that I work for, One Acre Fund, and they repay their loans in cash.

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Farmers Martha and Jeremiah Hope for a Better Harvest in Tanzania

Jul 01, 2014 Category: Farmer Profile Tags: fertilizer maize smallholder solar training

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Like many in Sadani village in Iringa District, Tanzania, Martha Mbwilo, 48, and her husband, Jeremiah Wisa, 54, had spent much of their lives farming. And like many farmers in their village, they never seemed to grow enough food to feed their family, no matter how hard they worked.

Martha and Jeremiah cultivated 4 acres of land, but were only able to harvest 15 sacks of maize. Although they were registered for subsidized fertilizer inputs, they we’re not able to receive fertilizer.

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