It’s December, and the end of the year is fast approaching. But for One Acre Fund, December 2015 marks the beginning of our tenth year of humble service to smallholder farmers. Watch this incredible video to hear the farmers we work with share their personal stories of hunger and food insecurity, and how One Acre Fund's program has forever changed their families and communities.
As 2015 draws to a close, we take a moment to reflect on some key milestones and accomplishments from this exciting year.
In February, operations in Kenya reached over 137,000 smallholder farmers, and 9,000 metric tons of life-changing products were delivered to our Kenyan clients.
This April, Skoll Innovations Investment Alliance provided us with a $2 million grant. With this generous contribution, One Acre Fund continued to pursue an extension partnership with the Rwandan government.
In June, Burundi field operations collected 100 percent repayment for the fourth season in a row. The New York Times also featured One Acre Fund’s operating model in an article by David Bornstein, sharing our mission of serving the poorest and most remote smallholder farmers.
July saw the doubling of operation enrollment in Tanzania, expanding its client base to serve 18,000 farmers.
October was a busy month in Rwanda with USAID matching Skoll Investment Alliance’s $2 million grant, further enabling extension partnership efforts with the Rwandan government. Additionally, Eric Pohlman, Rwanda Country Director, was awarded the Norman Borlaug Field Award.
By November, 152,000 farmers across East Africa had made long-term financial investments by planting tree seedlings.
As we embark on our tenth year, we are pushing ourselves to think long-term. We don’t want to generate impact for just one generation; our goal is to generate impact for farmers that will pay dividends for their children and their children’s children. We look forward to sharing our progress in many more blogs to come, so be sure to check back in 2016 to learn about the new ways we’re putting Farmers First.
At One Acre Fund, our mission is to put Farmers First. Through our unique service bundle, we help farmers improve their productivity, increase their incomes, and feed their families and communities.
Every day, thousands of staff across multiple countries go to work with this mission in mind. Without the energy and humble dedication of One Acre Fund staff, we would not be able to achieve our mission.
To see what Farmers First looks like in action, and to get a taste of what working for One Acre Fund is like, watch this video:
Recruiting talented, mission-driven people to serve farmers is a top priority for us. If you are interested in pursuing a meaningful career in international development, we encourage you to apply to one of our 40+ open positions.
If you want to learn more about One Acre Fund before applying to join the team, come visit us at one to the recruitment events listed below. Please note that these events are only open to individuals who have registered for them. If you would like more information about a particular event, click on the event link below the table.
Harvard Kennedy School International Development and Human Rights Career Fair
Brown Common Good Internship & Job Fair
Georgetown Government/NGO Career Expo
Princeton 2015 Spring HireTigers Meetup
Harvard Social Enterprise Conference Career Lounge
Stanford Social Impact (Nonprofit/Public Service) Career Fair
All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair
NYU Wagner Public Service Career Expo
West Coast RPCV Career Fair 2015
Columbia Mailman School of Public Health Career Fair
One Acre Fund's Kenya innovations team held five demonstration and testing days to allow our farmers to tell us which cookstoves they'd like to purchase. Watch this video to see our farmers in action, and to find out which one they choose!
Alice Wafula explains how she transitioned from being a One Acre Fund farmer to a field officer, and what that change has meant to her and her family.
Grace Anzhiya, a One Acre Fund Field Officer, talks about how she leads farmer trainings in the field and the value of teaching farmers how to grow their way out of hunger.