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East Africa’s Rich Poetic Tradition

Mar 26, 2015 Category: Roundup Tags: batwa east africa world poetry day

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East Africa has a rich poetic tradition. In honor of our recent celebration of World Poetry Day, we’ve listed a few contemporary East African poets who are active in the countries in which One Acre Fund operates. Who are your favorite poets in East Africa and across the continent?

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One Acre Fund Applauds Introduction of 2015 Global Food Security Act

Mar 24, 2015 Category: News Tags: feed the future food security gfsa 2015 legislation

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One Acre Fund applauds the introduction of the Global Food Security Act of 2015 (H.R. 1567). The current program, Feed the Future, is a whole-of-government approach that utilizes the strengths of key government agencies to reduce poverty and undernutrition in 19 priority countries, including three countries where One Acre Fund operates: Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania. To view the full post, click here.

A Day in The Life: Bean Planting in Burundi

Mar 23, 2015 Category: Field Photos Tags: burundi compost fertilizer planting methods

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Smallholder farmer Flora Ngendakumana has been farming with One Acre Fund since 2014. From Mbuye, Burundi, Flora grows beans, maize, and sweet potatoes. When Flora enrolled with One Acre Fund, other farmers immediately elected her as their group leader. “I like my voluntary work as a group leader because I want to help many farmers in the village apply One Acre Fund’s planting methods correctly to increase their harvests,” Flora says. To view the full post, click here.

Meet David Guerena, One Acre Fund Soil Scientist

Mar 17, 2015 Category: Staff Profile Tags: agrilinks david guerena iys2015 soil staff

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In honor of the UN International Year of Soils, we sat down with David Guerena, soil scientist and agriculture innovations manager at One Acre Fund. Here, David tells us how he fell in love with soil, and shares his hopes for the field of soil science going forward. Originally published on Agrilinks. To view the full post, click here.

Why You Should Join the One Acre Fund Inputs Team

Mar 13, 2015 Category: Staff Profile Tags: fertilizer inputs jobs staff

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In 2014, One Acre Fund purchased 18,500 metric tons of fertilizer to serve our 200,000 farmers across East Africa. “As we continue to grow, the number of farmers we serve— and the amount of fertilizer we purchase— will only increase,” says Jenya Shandina, One Acre Fund inputs team manager. “The inputs team, and in particular the fertilizer supply chain associate, is poised to play a pivotal role, with big opportunities for professional growth.” To view the full post, click here.

A Secret Worth Sharing in Busota, Uganda

Mar 11, 2015 Category: Farmer Profile Tags: input delivery planting methods smallholder uganda

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Deep in rural Uganda, a wave of excitement grips the village of Busota. It is the eve of a long-awaited day. Seated under a big tree, three women speak in animated tones. A few feet away, a radio sits on a stool, booming Luganda sundowner’s music. One of the women is named Margaret Elumuka. To view the full post, click here.

Partnering Across Sectors in Tanzania

Mar 10, 2015 Category: Core Program Policy Tags: government relations jobs ministry of agriculture tanzania

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In November 2014, Raphael Laizer, an official from the seed unit of the Ministry of Agriculture in the capital Dar es Salaam, came to Iringa region during the time when we deliver seeds and fertilizer to our farmers. For One Acre Fund, and especially for the government relations team, field visits like these are very meaningful. They’re also very important for the officials we host. They help illustrate how different organizations from different sectors can work together towards a common goal: putting farmers first in the fight to end global hunger. To view the full post, click here.

Honoring Female Leaders on International Women’s Day

Mar 06, 2015 Category: Staff Profile Tags: field staff international womens day leadership rwanda

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 “From Gaudance, I learned to love my job. I see that Gaudance loves her job more than her salary,” says Speciose Uwimana, assistant field director, “I learned from her and my mentors how to manage a team, how to collaborate and how to approach farmers as a community and with respect.” In honor of International Women's Day, we trace the evolution of a group of female staffers whose hard work and camaraderie have helped them rise through the ranks to lead our field team in Rwanda.   To view the full post, click here.

Will the next USAID chief care about reaching the world’s poorest?

Mar 05, 2015 Category: News Policy Tags: feed the future policy smallholder usaid

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After five years on the job, Rajiv Shah's term as U.S. Agency for International Development administrator has come to a close. One program Shah oversaw, Feed the Future, has successfully positioned smallholder farmers and agricultural development front and center in the fight against poverty. But many in the development community are wondering: Will the next administrator be a champion for smallholder farmers?

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Global Journal Ranks One Acre Fund in Top 500 NGOs

Mar 03, 2015 Category: News Tags: global geneva global journal top 500 ngos

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On February 4th, the Swiss non-profit Global Geneva announced the publication of the 2015 edition of the Top 500 NGOs, the international ranking of the world’s top non-governmental organizations. Click below to find out One Acre Fund's ranking, along with other organizations that made the list. To view the full post, click here.

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