One Acre Fund began in East Africa, and we currently serve farmers in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, and Malawi. Please click on a highlighted country on the right to find out more.
Year of program launch: 2006 | Staff: 1,400 | Farmers served: 136,500
Kenya was our first country of operation, and serves as our first proof of concept. We will soon expand to cover all of Western and Nyanza Provinces, which are the primary food-producing regions and hold one third of Kenya’s 45 million people.
Kenya also serves as our global headquarters. One Acre Fund is proudly headquartered in a rural area of Kenya, near the Uganda border.
Year of program launch: 2007 | Staff: 1,200 | Farmers served: 111,300
Rwanda shows that our program can work in a different context to Kenya. Rwanda has smaller average land sizes, different crops, and two major growing cycles instead of one. Fundamentally though, One Acre Fund’s solution still works for Rwanda’s farmers. In four more years, One Acre Fund will grow to directly serve 10% of Rwanda’s population.
Year of program launch: 2012 | Staff: 345 | Farmers served: 40,200
Burundi launched in 2012 with approximately 6,000 farmers. We have seen overwhelming demand from farmers for our services, and are poised to grow quickly in the coming years.
Year of program launch: 2013 | Staff: 175 | Farmers served: 17,400
Tanzania is our newest program launch. In its first season, the program served more than 1,000 farmers and achieved a 99.9% repayment rate. We expect to grow exponentially in the coming seasons.
Year of program launch: 2014 | Staff: 66 | Farmers served: 3,700
Launched as a pilot program in 2014 with approximately 150 farmers, we’re currently on track to serve over 3,700 farmers in Uganda by the end of 2016. Our work focuses on the Eastern Region of the country, and specifically the Jinja and Kamuli districts. With two major growing cycles per year based on seasonal rainfall, Uganda presents both a unique challenge and opportunity for smallholder farmers.
Year of program launch: 2013 | Staff: 90 | Farmers served: 2,670
We began our work in Malawi as a pilot program in 2013, serving approximately 70 smallholder farmers. Today, we work with over 2,600 farmers in the country. While our initial efforts have focused upon the Southern Region, there are hopes to expand to other regions in the coming years. Malawian smallholder farmers have access to our core input loan program and we are also exploring new ways to support the government in providing agricultural extension services.