One Acre Fund, a nonprofit agriculture organization that supplies smallholder farmers with the financing and training they need to increase their incomes and food security, today announced the official opening of its Uganda and Malawi operations.To view the full post, click here.
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Our new country expansion team is tasked with determining where to launch operations next, unlocking our organization’s pathway to continent-wide scale nation by nation. After studying and visiting high-potential countries, the next phase of this team’s scouting process is a local pilot, through which we test how our model functions before investing in a full-scale operation. To view the full post, click here.
Ezira Ntegeyimbuga made compost for the first time in 2013, but he’d been hearing about the benefits of composting since 2010. That was the year he first enrolled with One Acre Fund, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides over 400,000 farmers in East Africa with access to seed, fertilizer, and agriculture trainings. One of the trainings offered was how to make and apply compost, which is proven to enrich soils with vital nutrients needed to produce healthy crops. To view the full post, click here.
As we head into our tenth year of operation, we are as committed as ever to helping farmers improve their productivity and incomes. However, we have realized that in order to permanently break the cycle of hunger and poverty for future generations of farmers, we need to push ourselves to think about our long-term impact. To view the full post, click here.
Sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and 127 other co-sponsors, the Global Food Security Act seeks to permanently authorize Feed the Future, a presidential initiative that has helped millions of smallholder farm families get the financing, inputs, training, and access to markets they need to thrive. Feed the Future is active in five countries where One Acre Fund operates (Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda) and USAID is a critical partner for our work in Kenya and Rwanda. To view the full post, click here.
One Acre Fund is excited to share our 2015 Annual Report, which details our progress, strategies, and new initiatives to reach more farmers than ever before. 2015 saw our operations reach their most impressive scale yet. We delivered our direct service model to more than 305,000 smallholder farmers across East Africa, and reached over 590,000 farmers through our government partnerships work. We now employ over 4,000 full-time staffers who make it possible to deliver life-changing products and services at this scale. To view the full post, click here.
A new study, “Inflection Point: Unlocking growth in the era of farmer finance,” suggests that while current efforts to expand financial inclusion are not sufficient to meet smallholder demand, concerted efforts around customer centricity, progressive partnerships, and smart subsidy have the potential to change the sector’s growth trajectory to best serve the world’s smallholder farmers.The new study, released today by the Initiative for Smallholder Finance (ISF) and the Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab, builds on the 2012 Dalberg-conducted study Catalyzing Smallholder Agricultural Finance. To view the full post, click here.
For many Tanzanian farmers like Germana, poor harvests are just one of the barriers they face in the fight to achieve food security. Lack of access to markets is another barrier—poor roads and lack of infrastructure, long distances to the nearest towns, and high transportation costs prevent farmers from selling their harvest surplus and turning their farms into profitable businesses. To help farmers truly maximize their farm income, One Acre Fund is trialling a market access program in Iringa, Tanzania. To view the full post, click here.
Pulses are a subgroup of the legume family, but the term “pulse” refers only to the dried seed. The United Nations designated 2016 the International Year of Pulses in recognition of this critical, yet often overlooked crop. Pulses come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and there are hundreds of varieties grown throughout the world. This diversity and adaptability makes pulses a critical tool in efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change and bolster the resilience of food systems worldwide. To view the full post, click here.
On Monday March 28, 2016, One Acre Fund hosted its first bi-annual open analyst call in 2016. During these calls, One Acre Fund founder Andrew Youn discusses the organization’s progress towards achieving key performance indicators, announces country-specific milestones, and shares plans for the future. This call also featured a discussion on the investment framework known as Social Return on Investment, or SROI. To view the full post, click here.