One Acre Fund Blog

What You Need to Know Before Applying to One Acre Fund

Nov 20, 2014 Category: Staff Profile Tags: farmers first interview process jobs recruitment

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One Acre Fund is lucky to receive hundreds of job applications each week, and our hardworking people operations team carefully reads each and every one. We take pride in having an extremely diligent vetting and interview process, and while it may take several months to complete, we believe the farmers we work with deserve nothing less than the very best service. And that means recruiting the very best talent.

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One Acre Fund Featured in New Growing Prosperity Report

Nov 18, 2014 Category: News Policy Tags: acumen bain growing prosperity repeatable models

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One Acre Fund is pleased to be featured in a new and exciting report by Acumen and Bain & Company. The report, entitled “Growing Prosperity: Developing Repeatable Models to Scale the Adoption of Agricultural Innovations,” evaluates key lessons and experiences from pioneer agriculture firms in India, Ghana, Kenya, and Uganda. To view the full post, click here.

One Woman’s Fight to End Hunger in Her Own Home

Nov 13, 2014 Category: Farmer Profile Tags: harvest kenya smallholder world food day

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When you ask Tabitha Ngutuku, a smallholder farmer from Sikusi village in western Kenya, she’ll tell you her most valuable asset is her three-quarters-of-an-acre farm. But it wasn’t always this way. For a long time, Tabitha’s farm couldn’t even sustain her family. To view the full post, click here.

Everline’s Season

Nov 09, 2014 Category: Farmer Profile Tags: harvest repayment smallholder top dress

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Earlier this year, farmer Everline Wepukhulu fell ill and was not able to keep up with her planting activities. Stuck in bed, she worried about the impact her absence would have on her harvest and feared she would not be able to repay her One Acre Fund loan. Here we catch up with Everline to talk about the season, and how she overcame the challenges that confronted her. To view the full post, click here.

One Acre Fund Joins the Zero Hunger Challenge

Nov 06, 2014 Category: Policy Tags: east africa smallholder un zero hunger challenge

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We say it often. Smallholder farmers living in East Africa are some of the hardest working people on the planet. They are also some of the poorest. These farmers, who are usually women, cultivate less than one acre of land, using low quality seeds and fertilizer, and outdated techniques. Often, they aren’t able to grow enough food to feed their families. With this in mind, One Acre Fund is pleased to announce our participation in the Zero Hunger Challenge. To view the full post, click here.

Highlights from the 41st Committee on World Food Security

Nov 05, 2014 Category: Policy Tags: food security policy rome un cfs

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Not too long ago, we had the honor of representing smallholder farmers at the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in Rome, Italy. Launched in 1974, the Committee is an intergovernmental body that hosts forums for debating and reviewing progress on food security policies. Here, we discuss some key highlights and take-aways from the CFS. To view the full post, click here.

An exciting start to the 2015 Season in Kenya

Nov 03, 2014 Category: Operations Sustainability Tags: 2014 season highlights field staff kenya repayment

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At One Acre Fund, we don’t believe in resting on our laurels. We’re always pushing ourselves to deliver better service and generate greater impact for farmers and their families. We use the success of the previous season to help us meet new goals for serving even more farmers the next season. This season in Kenya was incredibly successful for One Acre Fund. Staff across all field teams worked very hard, setting the stage for a great 2015 season.  To view the full post, click here.

One Acre Fund’s Approach to Engaging Local Governments

Oct 28, 2014 Category: Policy Tags: humble service kenya local government sustainable development

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Local governments matter. What they do can have a huge impact on smallholder farmers, and for an organization like One Acre Fund, they’re an essential partner. Communicating our role and building strong relations with key government actors allows One Acre Fund’s field operations to do its work: providing humble service to smallholder farmers and their families. To view the full post, click here.

Skoll Entrepreneurs Challenge: Support One Acre Fund

Oct 24, 2014 Category: Tags:

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One Acre Fund is proud to be included in this year's Skoll Entrepreneurs Challenge, where participating organizations compete and collaborate to raise enough money to unlock prizes and a donation match from the Skoll Foundation. Help us get to our goal!

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In Spite of A Promising Harvest, Hunger Looms

Oct 23, 2014 Category: Farmer Profile Tags: david and zipporah hunger season kenya one campaign

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David and Zipporah’s maize now towers tall above their nearby mud-walled house. From the front door, they can no longer see across their field to their neighbor’s homes. Instead, they see a dense forest of maize stalks and bushy bean tangles. Despite what looks to be a promising harvest, the couple is anxious. To view the full post, click here.

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