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TUBURA ANNOUNCES OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR SMALLHOLDER FARMERS IN RWANDA

May 24, 2016 Category: Core Program News Tags: enrollment press release rwanda

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RUBENGERA, Rwanda, May 24, 2016—TUBURA, a nonprofit agriculture organization based in Rubengera that offers farming inputs and training on credit to smallholder farmers, is now enrolling farmers for the upcoming planting season in Rwanda. Participating farmers will receive a complete bundle of agricultural inputs and services on credit, including the delivery of improved seeds and fertilizer, training on how to maximize crop yields, and education on how to minimize post-harvest losses.

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Chasing Hunger and Darkness from her Home

May 20, 2016 Category: Core Program Farmer Profile Tags: kenya solar lamp sukuma wiki

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Sukuma wiki is Swahili for collard greens, but the literal translation means “pushing through the week.” In western Kenya, it is common for smallholder farmers to eat this leafy green during the financially lean weeks of the year. Sukuma wiki is nutritious, full of fiber and vitamin A, and is also relatively affordable. Though it is cheap to buy, Agnes Kemunto, a smallholder farmer in Masaba, Kenya, is making big money from it. To view the full post, click here.

Their Favorite Food at Every Meal

May 20, 2016 Category: Core Program Farmer Profile Tags: beans farmer stories rwanda

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Before Odette married her husband François Sebitabi in 1994, she never thought about planting beans, let alone making them a part of her daily diet. It all started when her first child, Chantal Mujawimana, started to eat solid foods, around the age of two. “Beans were Chantal’s first favorite food. If there were no beans on her plate, she would be in tears. So I would make sure to put at least a little bit of beans on her plate at every meal,” Odette says. To view the full post, click here.

Scouting Myanmar

May 20, 2016 Category: Operations Staff Profile Trials Tags: myanmar new country pilot staff profiles

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Louis Terren had been working for corporations for almost five years when he came across One Acre Fund in an article about non-profit careers. He immediately visited the website, and after reading about the organization’s impressive impact, decided to apply to the new country expansion team. Here, Louis shares his experiences working on One Acre Fund’s first-ever pilot in East Asia, and offers some sound advice for would-be applicants interested in applying to work with One Acre Fund. To view the full post, click here.

One Acre Fund’s Latest Impact Results

May 17, 2016 Category: Core Program Metrics Tags: 2015 annual report impact methodology

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One Acre Fund is pleased to report that 2015 was a strong year for impact with some key improvements from 2014. Our average impact improvement was attributable to several factors across our different countries of operation. In 2015, we continued to refine our analysis of impact, and also began looking at One Acre Fund’s impact on farmer quality of life and soil health in order to gain a more holistic understanding of our program impact. To view the full post, click here.

Luuya’s Tomato Jungle

May 13, 2016 Category: Core Program Farmer Profile Tags: 2015 annual report kenya productive assets

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A tangled mass of vegetation and knobby stalks stretches from floor to ceiling, each vine reaching to grow just a little taller. Conrad Lukoye bobs and weaves through the stalks, hidden except for the occasional flash of his baby blue button-down shirt. This is Luuya, Kenya’s newest jungle—and Conrad is one of 19 farmers who owns it. “I’m not so poor right now,” Conrad says. “ There is something in my pocket, and I can afford three meals a day, which was not the case before. This year, I can even afford to send my children to private school.” To view the full post, click here.

One Acre Fund Expands Smallholder Farmer Services to Malawi and Uganda

May 04, 2016 Category: Core Program News Tags: malawi press release uganda

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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.

Expanding Our Reach To New Countries

Apr 26, 2016 Category: Core Program News Tags: malawi pilot uganda zambia

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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.

How Compost Saved This Rwandan Farmer From Hunger

Apr 25, 2016 Category: Core Program Farmer Profile Field Photos Tags: compost rwanda training

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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.

Why We Reformulated Our Organizational Vision

Apr 25, 2016 Category: Core Program Metrics News Tags: education impact soil

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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.

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