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.
One Acre Fund Blog
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?To view the full post, click here.
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.To view the full post, click here.
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.To view the full post, click here.
In Kenya, we love our mothers. From instilling discipline, to teaching us the rules of socialization, to giving us our key personality traits—mothers do it all. And most importantly, our mothers lay the yardstick by which we measure our successes.
Janet Kituyi, a farmer in western Kenya, is working hard to lay the groundwork for success in her family. As a mother of six, she has her work cut out for her.To view the full post, click here.