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Andrew Youn’s TED Talk: 3 Reasons Why We Can Win The Fight Against Poverty

Jul 06, 2016 Category: News Roundup Tags: andrew youn video

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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,” Youn presented practical strategies to end extreme poverty– and made the case for putting farmers first in this fight.

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Why Growing Trees Makes Perfect Sense for Smallholder Farmers

Jun 27, 2016 Category: Core Program Farmer Profile Tags: grevillea kenya trees

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For many smallholder farmers, dedicating a portion of their valuable land to grow something inedible seems illogical. However, in western Kenya, the profits from just 10 six-year-old Grevillea trees can cover an entire term of a child’s high school tuition—and the trees rapidly increase in value each year after that.  To view the full post, click here.

Why Field Visits For Our Staff Are Crucial To Their Work

Jun 27, 2016 Category: Staff Profile Tags: kenya recruitment rwanda uganda

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At One Acre Fund, the majority of our team is based in rural East Africa; living and working in close proximity to the hardworking smallholder farmers we serve each day. However, not all staff can live in the field. Some need to be based in major cities, far away from our day-to-day work on the ground. How do we ensure that our non-field based staff stay connected to our mission? One Acre Fund recruiter Grace Twesigye sheds some light.  To view the full post, click here.

How young professionals — with kids — can build a career in international development

Jun 17, 2016 Category: Staff Profile Tags: family rwanda staff profiles

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After almost three years working in our U.S. office, Jake Goldberg and Jennie Calhoun have decided to move their young family back to East Africa, where they both first started working with One Acre Fund. Here, Jake and Jennie share how they got to where they are today, and why mid-career professionals with kids at home can still build long and happy careers in international development. To view the full post, click here.

Gates Foundation Scientist: Pulses are a Game-Changer

Jun 10, 2016 Category: Policy Research Tags: bill & melinda gates foundation iyp2016 pulses

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Before the advent of synthetic fertilizers in the early 20th century, pulses were the principal source of agricultural nitrogen for farmers. Today, pulses are still one of the main dietary staples for approximately two billion of the world’s poor, yet they receive a fraction of the investment that maize and other cereals receive. With the United Nations declaring 2016 the International Year of Pulses, our perception of pulses may be changing. Here, Dr. Jeff Ehlers of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation explains why these plants are a potential game-changer.

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One Acre Fund’s Progress Towards Sustainability

Jun 08, 2016 Category: Core Program Sustainability Tags: repayment sroi sustainability

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Sustainability is an indicator of the efficiency of One Acre Fund's operating model. We calculate sustainability by measuring the percentage of our direct service model and agrodealer program costs that is covered by farmer repayments. The more sustainable we become, the fewer donor dollars we need per farmer to support our operations. It also means we generate more impact for every dollar invested, which improves our Social Return on Investment (SROI). To view the full post, click here.

One Acre Fund Trials Highlight the Power of Pulses

Jun 07, 2016 Category: Research Trials Tags: iyp2016 pulses trials

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Each season, One Acre Fund’s agriculture innovations team conducts a wide range of trials to test new crops that could potentially generate big impact for farmers. Low impact potential, low adoptability, or high operational complexity are just a few of the reasons why some of the crops we test may not be rolled out to our clients at full scale. However, in the case of very significant impact potential, our team will often test different configurations in subsequent seasons to see if certain adoption or operations barriers can be overcome. Here, we summarize two pulse-related trials our team ran in the past season.  To view the full post, click here.

3 Ways to Connect with the One Acre Fund Recruitment Team

Jun 02, 2016 Category: Roundup Staff Profile Tags: jobs recruitment social enterprise

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One Acre Fund is always looking for incredible talent to join our organization. Our recruitment team works hard to connect with potential applicants, so they can learn more about our hiring process and the job opportunities available at One Acre Fund. Read on to learn about three specific ways to connect with a One Acre Fund recruiter. To view the full post, click here.

A Strong Food System Means Productive Smallholder Farmers

May 31, 2016 Category: Market Access Policy Tags: chicago council rural poverty urbanization

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While the growth of cities has been well documented, it might come as a surprise to find out that Africa’s rural population will grow nearly 50 percent between 2015 and 2050. To address rural poverty in Africa and strengthen our food systems, it’s important to focus on helping smallholder farmers increase production and gain access to domestic markets. Many of these domestic markets—which represent real economic opportunity for smallholder farmers—will supply urban consumers.  To view the full post, click here.


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. To view the full post, click here.

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