Press and Awards

Barr Foundation

2012: One Acre Fund Awarded Barr Foundation Grant

The Barr Foundation is dedicated to enhancing educational and economic opportunities for those living in poverty, with a special focus on environmental sustainability and climate change mitigation. One Acre Fund was initially awarded ~$1 million over 2012-2014 to support crop insurance and sustainable initiatives like solar lights, tree-planting programs, and composting trials in Kenya and Rwanda.

In 2014, that gift was extended to an additional $3.7 million in all program countries through 2016 to support crop insurance, tree-planting, solar lights, and staple crop diversification packages (e.g. sorghum and millet). 

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

November 2013: One Acre Fund Awarded Grant to Fuel Innovations in Smallholder Technology Adoption

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and One Acre Fund launched a three-year, $11.6 million partnership to leverage our unique operating model and bring innovative agriculture technologies to the doorsteps of rural farm families. The project is enabling 200,000 One Acre Fund farm families to access high-impact agriculture technologies, and will create new technology adoption partnerships with African governments to reach country-wide scale. Click here to learn more about our partnership. 

Children's Investment Fund Foundation

2017: One Acre Fund Awarded Grant to Introduce Nutrition-Sensitive Components To Our Program

In early 2017 One Acre Fund was awarded a multi-year grant to support the introduction of nutrition-sensitive components to our work with smallholder farmers. The partnership aims to drive improvements in dietary diversity and increase consumption of nutritious food products during pregnancy and childhood and improve nutritional status of families including adolescents in the farm families we serve. 

Click here to learn more about the partnership. 

The Christian Science Monitor

March 2012: One Acre Fund Featured in The Christian Science Monitor

One Acre Fund was first featured by Christian Science Monitor in a 2012 article titled "One Acre Fund helps Africa's small farmers keep in their fields." The article discusses how we offer "...a new type of microfinance designed specifically for Africa's small farmers." 

Following that, in 2016 One Acre Fund was referenced in another article that profiled a Rwandan farmer who works with our program. The article is titled "Can compost save Rwandan farmers from hunger? One case says yes."

Draper Richards Kaplan

January 2007: One Acre Fund Wins Draper Richards Grant

The Draper Richards Foundation carefully funds the best early-stage nonprofit organizations. In 2007, they awarded One Acre Fund $100,000 per year for three years. The rigorous application process involved a panel of twelve top agricultural leaders and references, who all believed in our basic program model of investing in farmers to end poverty. The grant served as a call to action, providing the overhead and capacity for significant program expansion.

Echoing Green

May 2006: One Acre Fund Wins Echoing Green Grant

Echoing Green identifies individuals with ideas for social change and provides them with seed money and strategic support to help them launch new organizations. One Acre Fund was one of 12 young "social start-ups" selected by the Echoing Green Foundation, out of 850 applicants, for a two-year startup grant.

The Economist

March 2016: A Green Evolution

In early 2016, The Economist visited our work in Rwanda as part of a larger piece examining the optimistic outlook for farming in Africa. 

The piece, titled "A Green Evolution," can be found here.

Fast Company Magazine

2014 and 2015: Top 10 Most Innovative Companies In Africa

Recognized for our innovative program model and potential for scale, One Acre Fund was listed on Fast Company Magazine's Most Innovative Companies in Africa list in both 2014 and 2015.

Please click here for the full 2014 list, and here for the full 2015 list.

Financial Times

June 2010 and 2011: One Acre Fund Wins Financial Times Sustainable Banking Award

One Acre Fund was the proud recipient of the Financial Times/ IFC Sustainable Banking Award for Achievement in Basic Needs Financing, two years in a row. The awards attracted 156 entries from 110 institutions in 44 countries. The basic needs financing award is a tremendous validation of One Acre Fund's model from some of the preeminent thought leaders in the banking world.

Financial Times

August 2012: Aid Lifts Kenyan Maize Farmers' Fortunes

In the summer of 2012, Katrina Manson of the Financial Times visited One Acre Fund to take a look at our field operations and how our program model is increasing the incomes of farmers.

Click here to view the story.


December 2011: One Acre Fund Included in Forbes Impact 30

One Acre Fund was honored to be included in the Forbes Impact 30, the magazine's first-ever list of the leading social entrepreneurs who are "tackling the world's most intractable problems."

Click here to view the full list.

Global Innovation Fund

February 2017: One Acre Fund launches a new partnership with the Global Innovation Fund

The Global Innovation Fund, a nonprofit investor that supports scalable, innovative solutions for some of the developing world’s biggest problems, awards One Acre Fund with a four year grant to test "what works" at a local and regional level for Africa's farmers, and scale up successful agricultural interventions within and beyond One Acre Fund's network.

Click here to learn more. 

The Guardian

February 2015: Kenya's Small-Scale Farmers Borrow Seeds to Grow Potential

In 2014, Mark Anderson of The Guardian visited One Acre Fund in Kenya to meet some of the farmers we work with, take a closer look at our field operations, and see how our program model is increasing the income of farmers.

Click here to view the story.

The Global Journal

2012, 2013, and 2014: Top 100 NGO List

One Acre Fund is listed at #17 on NGO Advisor's list of the world's Top 500 NGOs, our third consecutive year in the top 20. We're honored to have be recognized as a top NGO since 2012.

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John Deere Foundation

In 2015, the John Deere Foundation awarded One Acre Fund a $100,000 grant in support of field staff and farmer training in Kenya.

The Last Hunger Season

May 2012: Award-Winning Journalist Roger Thurow Publishes Book on One Acre Fund Farmers

The Last Hunger Season tells the global hunger story through One Acre Fund farm families in Kenya, linking their challenges and successes to the broader debate on agriculture development policy.

Walmart Foundation

August 2014: Women's Economic Empowerment

In collaboration with USAID, the Walmart Foundation announced funding for One Acre Fund to train 40,000 smallholder farmers in Kenya, including 28,000 women. The program is part of the Foundation's Global Women's Economic Empowerment Initiative, launched in 2011.


To read more about the initiative: view the announcement here.

The MasterCard Foundation

October 2013: The MasterCard Foundation and One Acre Fund Launch $10 Million Partnership

The MasterCard Foundation and One Acre Fund launched a four-year, $10 million partnership to expand access to financial services and training for smallholder farmers in Kenya, Rwanda, and Burundi. The project will directly enable 181,000 additional farm families to improve their farming techniques and significantly increase their farm profits on every planted acre. In addition, the partnership will help pioneer a new sector of microfinance, increasing the interest and commitment among microfinance institutions to expand successfully into rural areas.

Click here to learn more about our partnership.

The Mulago Foundation

June 2007: One Acre Fund Wins Mulago Social Investments Grant

Mulago Social Investments initially awarded One Acre Fund a $100,000 grant in 2007, increased their 2008 grant to $200,000, and gifted an additional $300,000 in 2013. The foundation renewed their support in 2014 for $300,000 and in 2015 with a 2-year gift of $600,000. Mulago Social Investments systematically chooses the best high-impact, scalable non-profit solutions in the developing world.

National Geographic

July 2014: National Geographic Features One Acre Fund Farmers

In early 2014, National Geographic photographer Robin Hammond visited our Kenya and Rwanda field operations to photograph several farmers we work with for an article on food and farming in Africa. The photographs were published in the July 2014 print magazine and in their digital issue. To view the gallery, click here.

The New York Times

June 2015: Energizing the Green Revolution in Africa

In June of 2015, David Bornstein of the New York Times wrote an article profiling One Acre Fund and the impact our work has had on smallholder farmers in East Africa.


The piece, titled “Energizing the Green Revolution in Africa”, can be found here. 

PBS News Hour

April 2012: One Acre Fund Featured on PBS

On April 3, the PBS NewsHour aired a segment about One Acre Fund's field operations in Kenya and Rwanda. Correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro visited our operations in January, and the segment discusses our operating model and how we've grown.

The show is part of the Food for 9 Billion series. Click here to watch the segment.

Pershing Square Foundation

2009: Founding Grant to Permanent Fund

In 2009, Pershing Square Foundation made the founding grant to start One Acre Fund's Permanent Fund. This fund provides the capital that One Acre Fund uses to make loans to farm families. At the end of every year, this fund is replenished by repayments from those same farmers, and thus can be used to serve more farmers, permanently.

Pershing Square Foundation's first gift was for $0.5 million in 2009, followed by $1 million in 2010, $5 million in 2011, and most recently, a $4 million commitment for 2014 to 2016. Each grant has enabled One Acre Fund to make a significant upward revision to our projected growth path.

Schwab Foundation

February 2013: One Acre Fund Founder Receives Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur Award

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship provides unparalleled platforms at the regional and global level to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation.

Each year, in close collaboration with stakeholders of the World Economic Forum, the Foundation identifies a select community of social entrepreneurs to engage in shaping global, regional, and industry agendas that improve the state of the world. One Acre Fund founder Andrew Youn was one of 24 entrepreneurs awarded for 2013 in recognition of his innovative approach and potential for global impact.

Click here to view the announcement on Schwab's website.

Skoll Foundation

April 2010: One Acre Fund Awarded Prestigious Skoll Award

One Acre Fund was one of five organizations to win the prestigious 2010 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, which includes $765,000 awarded over three years. The Skoll Foundation’s mission is to drive large-scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and other innovators dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing problems. The Foundation is known for its incredibly thorough due diligence and they verified that we are on a path to create as much human impact as the best organizations in the world.

For more on the award and on Skoll, click here to view the announcement page on Skoll's website.

Stanford Social Innovation Review

Summer 2011: One Acre at a Time

In 2011, the Stanford Social Innovation Review ran a piece about One Acre Fund's founder, Andrew Youn, and our overall operations.

Click here to view the story.

Swedish Postcode Lottery

December 2013: One Acre Fund Awarded Grant to Support Tanzania Launch

The Swedish Postcode Lottery, through Svenska PostKodStiftelsen, has awarded One Acre Fund 3,000,000 SEK ($340,000 USD) to support the expansion of our Tanzania operations, our most recent new country launch.  This grant will help to fuel our growth to more than 8,000 Tanzanian farm families over the next two years, as well as drive adoption of solar light technology to an estimated 30% of our Tanzania network by the end of the grant period.




February 2016: Andrew Youn delivers a TED talk

In early 2016, One Acre Fund co-founder and Executive Director Andrew Youn delivered a talk at the TED2016: Dream conference in Vancouver, Canada. In his talk, titled "3 Reasons Why We Can Win The Fight Against Poverty," Andrew presented practical strategies to end extreme poverty– and made the case for putting farmers first in this fight.

Click here to watch Andrew's TED talk.


June 2012: One Acre Fund Wins Two USAID grants

One Acre Fund has been fortunate to partner with USAID since 2012. Most recently, they were awarded two grants totaling $6.4 million, for the period 2015-2018. The partnership is funded through two innovative new funding facilities: the Development Grants Program and Global Development Alliance.

Whole Planet Foundation

2010 to present: One Acre Fund Awarded Grants by Whole Planet Foundation

The Whole Planet Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Whole Foods, which makes grants to microfinance institutions in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. Since 2010, the foundation has committed over $3 million to Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania. Their ongoing support enables us to continue expanding services in our countries of operation.

World Food Prize

2015 Norman Borlaug Award

Eric Pohlman, One Acre Fund's Rwanda Country Director, was the recipient of the 2015 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation, for his work in developing highly innovative programs that are transforming subsistence agriculture in rural Rwanda.

Click here to read Eric's acceptance speech.