Model & Strategy

One Acre Fund serves one-acre subsistence farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa – one of the largest groups of “forgotten poor” in the world. Studies have shown that these farmers could at least quadruple their own farm yields with appropriate inputs and education. By providing a complete, functioning market system, One Acre Fund makes it possible for even the poorest and most rural farmer to generate more income and permanently solve their hunger problem.

With a focus on delivering services to female heads of household, One Acre Fund reaches the most severely hunger-affected with a comprehensive investment package of high-quality seed and fertilizer, education courses, and access to output markets. Agro-inputs, training, a collective sales model to enable price leverage for small scale producers, and crop insurance provide a whole solution to poverty that leads to self-driven, permanent growth out of hunger.

Kenya was OAF’s first country of operations—they’ve now expanded to Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, and Tanzania and are employing 6,900 full-time staff across six countries.

At a Glance
Founded: 2006
Food & Agriculture
Location of work: International, Africa
One Acre Fund
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Farmers first
Andrew Youn of One Acre Fund
Meet Andrew Youn

Andrew Youn is the founder of One Acre Fund.  Andrew’s passion for this work stems from his lifelong involvement in empowering disadvantaged communities to stand on their own. Andrew graduated from Yale University with honors, worked as a management consultant to Fortune 500 companies with Mercer Consulting and received his M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

IMPACT

In 2018, OAF served 800,000 farm families in Sub-Saharan Africa. By the end of 2019, OAF hopes to work with about 925,000 families.

Kenya was OAF’s first country of operations—they’ve now expanded to Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, and Malawi are employing 7,300 full-time staff across the six countries.

In 2018, OAF’s farmers saw their incomes rise by $90+ and were paying back loans at a 97% repayment rate. At this rate of growth, OAF will soon be Africa’s largest network of smallholder farmers.

  • There's an active push to encourage more youth to engage in farming, especially in East Africa. We approached four… https://t.co/yZg0iGntP2
  • "I was thrilled. I'd never harvested so much ever since I started to plant." Peter Wachira, aged 35, is one of the… https://t.co/3PHRkWjRV3
  • Enock Mwamita is a 49-year old farmer and father of seven from Mbeya, Tanzania. While he used to harvest 8-13 bags… https://t.co/WzzOMJrXBN
  • "The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now." Good Morning from South Kilolo in Ta… https://t.co/8s3SG7tFkq
  • Mangalena Nsaiga is one of the smallholder farmers that we serve in Uganda. She joined us in 2015 and used the surp… https://t.co/yeFfLMVyHH
  • A desire to provide a better future for her children drove Eliana Nyiranteziryayo, one of our own, to rise from Fie… https://t.co/hmn6bJsqSW
  • Colourful scenes from our Club Impact Day celebrations in Rubengera, Rwanda, where we got to recognise and apprecia… https://t.co/jCLM0wbSIR
  • Many people often wonder what impact, if any, they could have in the agricultural sector. It turns out that you don… https://t.co/xcgD3ihaKO
  • Would you leave a plum job at one of the world's household brands to make your mark in the non-profit sector? Three… https://t.co/6eGphCuR7K
  • "...to organise farmers, officials need to work with bodies that are based in, or have established trust with, farm… https://t.co/sitkE0sUZO
  • As part of a new program trial, we're setting up small shops in towns to make quality, cost-effective farm input ac… https://t.co/McYWafRrrn
  • "I have planted this variety for two years now and I am very happy with the yields. You see how the cobs seem to be… https://t.co/PRNSyfBH3h
  • Challenges like climate change and drought sometimes eat into farmers' profits, affecting their ability to put food… https://t.co/ABIS4KpP2L
  • When we think technology, we subconsciously have sprawling urban settlements in mind. However, there are several di… https://t.co/EtjJCKJKub
  • A team that plays together, stays together! Here, the One Acre Tanzania team puts their best foot forward during a… https://t.co/69nzfEQSA4
  • Meet Esta Kanyombwe, a 30-year old farmer from Mbeya, Tanzania. She doubled her maize harvest within a couple of s… https://t.co/z5IB44JqBL
  • RT @SkollFoundation: “People are at the heart of everything we do. Hiring, retaining, and developing staff is our most important calling as…
  • If you had the chance to start over, would you still pick the same career? Strive Masiyiwa, one of Africa's larger-… https://t.co/12AEMSoo7e
  • "Our old systems relied on manual data entry. Now, with internet access even in remote areas, we can give our field… https://t.co/MFC5MxPohf
  • Meet Eliana Mgode, a 65-year old farmer from Mbeya, Tanzania. Signing up with One Acre Fund in 2016, she has been u… https://t.co/Vv0brjj5C0