One Acre Fund Blog


Calling for a Distribution Revolution

Feb 24, 2015 Category: Policy Tags: distribution farming first input delivery rwanda

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The day she received her fertilizer delivery, Rwandan smallholder farmer Anonciata Mbakirirehe couldn’t help but smile. She was one of over 40 farmers who met at a village in Kayenzi, Rwanda, to receive fertilizer delivered within walking distance of their homes. Read more to find out why We believe the delivery of simple, life-changing technologies directly to smallholder farmers at the village level is the next great frontier in agriculture innovation.

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A Vice-Presidential Visit for Farmers in Burundi

Feb 23, 2015 Category: News Policy Tags: burundi ministry of agriculture smallholder world food day

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In October of 2014, the Ministry of Agriculture in Burundi hosted a competition in the province of Muramvya in honor of World Food Day. The goal was to highlight five successful farmers who could serve as examples in their communities. The theme of the day was "Family Farming: Feeding the World and Caring for the Earth". While it may seem strange that a government would go out of its way to celebrate successful farmers, the fact is that smallholder farmers have a huge role to play in combatting hunger. To view the full post, click here.

7 Unsung Heroes of Soil Science

Feb 17, 2015 Category: Roundup Sustainability Tags: climate change heroes of soil science iys2015 soil

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2015 is the UN International Year of Soils. This year, One Acre Fund is planning to spend a lot of time digging into soils (pun intended). But our own soil research very much relies on the body of information already assembled by others. We want to take a moment to highlight the ground-breaking (get it?) work being done by some the unsung heroes of soil science. To view the full post, click here.

A Tree Grows in Kenya

Feb 16, 2015 Category: Trials Tags: grevillea kenya product innovations trees

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Growth is a powerful concept at One Acre Fund. We are growing quickly, and in many directions at once. This means making investments that have a long-term payoff for farmers. Our grevillea tree program is one of those investments. Here, we review some of the adjustments we've made to our tree program in recent years, and how these changes mean bigger benefits for farmers. To view the full post, click here.

Farmer Feedback Shapes Input Delivery in Nyanza Province

Feb 10, 2015 Category: Field Photos Tags: climate change input delivery kenya nyanza

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When it comes to making operational changes, farmer feedback is a fundamental part of One Acre Fund’s decision-making process. In 2012, we created the customer engagement team and hotline, so clients could contact headquarters staff directly to provide feedback on the program and voice any concerns. In 2013, the team reported that large numbers of clients from Nyanza province, Kenya were calling the hotline, and that their concerns were very similar.  To view the full post, click here.

The Low-Down on Logistics at One Acre Fund

Feb 06, 2015 Category: Staff Profile Tags: input delivery jobs kenya kisii warehouse

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Phelix Oyath is One Acre Fund’s newest senior warehouse associate, having climbed the ranks from field officer to a logistics management position, less than 5 years after graduating from university. In the midst of preparing for input delivery, Phelix took some time to share what he loves about serving farmers, and why he never shies away from a challenge. To view the full post, click here.

One Acre Fund Spring 2015 Recruitment Calendar (and video!)

Feb 04, 2015 Category: Field Videos Tags: farmers first jobs recruitment staff video

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At One Acre Fund, our mission is to put Farmers First. Through our unique service bundle, we help farmers improve their productivity, increase their incomes, and feed their families and communities. To see what Farmers First looks like in action, and to learn more about careers at One Acre Fund, watch our new video and come visit us at a career fair near you! To view the full post, click here.

Doing Good Better: Knowledge-Sharing for Nonprofit Social Enterprises

Feb 02, 2015 Category: News Tags: farm finance library one acre fund insights social enterprise

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One Acre Fund considers itself a member of the social entrepreneurship movement. That is, we belong to a category of nonprofit social enterprises whose efforts are guided by entrepreneurial ideals of constant innovation, data-driven impact, scalability, and financial sustainability. Our new online library, One Acre Fund Insights, features reports and white papers that highlight our unique approach to social entrepreneurship. To view the full post, click here.

Rwanda National Heroes’ Day 2015: Meet Manasseh Tuyisabe

Jan 30, 2015 Category: Farmer Profile Tags: family national heroes' day rwanda smallholder

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Manasseh Tuyisabe is a One Acre Fund farmer, a village chief, and a loving husband and father to 12 children, 6 of whom are adopted.  Manasseh is also a Rwandan genocide survivor. While his story is a harrowing one, Manasseh refuses to allow his past to define his future. In honor of Rwanda National Heroes’ Day, we spent some time with Manasseh, listening to him talk about his life—what he’s proud of, what’s most important to him, and what makes his family so special. To view the full post, click here.

Oliver Simiyu’s Journey From Farmer to Field Director

Jan 29, 2015 Category: Staff Profile Tags: farmers first field director kenya staff uganda

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Oliver Simiyu loves farming. He joined One Acre Fund several years ago as a farmer, and quickly rose to the level of field director for Kimilili, one of our newest districts in Kenya. Before joining One Acre Fund, Oliver volunteered his time to help farmers in Uganda access quality inputs. He is known for his kind heart and motivational speeches, and for always putting Farmers First. To view the full post, click here.

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