One Acre Fund Blog


Jul 01, 2015 Category: Core Program News Tags: enrollment press release tanzania

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IRINGA, Tanzania, July 1, 2015 — One Acre Fund, a nonprofit agriculture organization that offers farming inputs and training on credit to smallholder farmers, today announced open enrollment for the 2016 planting season in Tanzania. Participating farmers will receive a complete bundle of agricultural inputs and services on credit, including the delivery of hybrid seeds and fertilizer, training on how to maximize crop yields, and education on how to minimize post-harvest losses. 

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In Kenya, Farmers Choose Sweet Potatoes as Alternative to Maize

Jun 30, 2015 Category: Core Program Market Access Tags: input delivery kenya nyanza sweet potatoes

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While the threat of MLND in western Kenya has diminished considerably since 2012, the threat in Nyanza region is still high. In May 2015, One Acre Fund offered farmers in Nyanza the choice of buying bags of sweet potato vines as an optional add-on to their credit package. Lots of people jumped at the opportunity. To view the full post, click here.

Dairy Trials Aim to Improve Cow Health, Milk Production

Jun 29, 2015 Category: Trials Tags: dairy cow livestock trials

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One of the many ways One Acre Fund farmers choose to re-invest the extra income they generate from successful harvests is through business investments such as livestock. Livestock— and cows in particular— are productive assets, providing farmers with a source of food, milk and natural fertilizer. In 2014, One Acre Fund decided to trial interventions that would help farmers improve cow health and milk production. To view the full post, click here.

5 New Career-Track Roles at One Acre Fund

Jun 24, 2015 Category: Operations Staff Profile Tags: jobs recruitment social entrepreneurship

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Applying to One Acre Fund means taking a step towards enabling millions of smallholder farmers to build themselves a path out of poverty. Here, we share five new positions that will allow us to vastly improve our operations. If one of these roles appeals to you, we encourage you to apply!  To view the full post, click here.

Model Farmers Trained to Teach Improved Planting Techniques

Jun 22, 2015 Category: Farmer Profile Tags: farmer promoter rwanda twigire muhinzi

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In August 2014, around the same time Jean was considering abandoning agriculture in search of something more profitable, the Rwanda Agricultural Board was launching a new program, in collaboration with One Acre Fund. The program was called Twigire Muhinzi Extension, and the purpose was to help farmers like Jean improve their agriculture practices by offering group trainings at the village level. To view the full post, click here.

A Father Passes on His Love of Farming

Jun 19, 2015 Category: Farmer Profile Tags: agriculture father's day tanzania youth

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Getting youth interested in farming isn't always easy. So when Tanzanian farmer Sadick Kiyao's decided to try something new on his farm, he had no idea his decision would inspire his own sons to follow in his footsteps. This Father's Day 2015, we find out why farmers Saidi and Rashidi say they owe their livelihoods and futures to their father. To view the full post, click here.

The Benefits of Growing Millet And Other Drought-Resistant Crops

Jun 16, 2015 Category: Farmer Profile Tags: farmer stories kenya maize millet mlnd

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This year, in honor of the World Day to Combat Drought and Desertification, we're featuring the story of Kenyan smallholder farmer Beatrice Sangula, and her amazing success story planting millet, an incredibly resilient crop. To view the full post, click here.

Summer 2015 Reading List

Jun 15, 2015 Category: Roundup Tags: ag policy development reading list

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It’s that time of year again! Gear up for summer with One Acre Fund's list of top agriculture, policy, and development reads. To view the full post, click here.

A Loan and a Light

Jun 07, 2015 Category: Core Program Farmer Profile Tags: environment farmer stories next billion solar lamps

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Walking the muddy path between Alice Wafula’s and Maximila Khaemba’s homes at night, it’s clear that something is different. Instead of smoke, the air smells of the fresh rain and the two houses glow brightly. The signature darkness of rural East African villages at night is chased away by the glow coming from inside the dirt-walled homes. To view the full post, click here.

How One Acre Fund is Helping Farmers in Malawi

Jun 02, 2015 Category: Farmer Profile Trials Tags: malawi new country pilot smallholder

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Malawi represents a brand new agricultural context for One Acre Fund. Like in our other countries, maize is the dominant crop. But in addition to maize, farmers here plant different crops (such as pigeon peas) and use different practices (such as ridge planting) than we have encountered elsewhere. As such, we’ve had a lot to learn! Here, we share what we've learned about farmers in Malawi, and what we're doing to help them maximize their harvests. To view the full post, click here.

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