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.

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  • On average our clients get 50% more than farmers who aren’t in our program; so a farmer who used to harvest 10 bags… https://t.co/mPtVnfO3hL
  • There are many ways farmers can limit their vulnerability to #ClimateChange. For instance, our clients focus on soi… https://t.co/mz78zBekxS
  • RT @citizentvkenya: Michelle Kagari: Small scale farmers are hardworking and all they need is a little bit of assistance and that is what @…
  • To help Kenya achieve food security, small scale farmers just need a little bit of assistance. We treat them as cus… https://t.co/yf2o8h4BqR
  • RT @citizentvkenya: Food Security is crucial in the big 4 with 70% of Kenyans involved in smallholder farming. But with Devolution CS Wamal…
  • Agriculture makes up 70% of Kenya’s GDP. That’s why we believe empowering smallholder farmers is key to Kenya achie… https://t.co/nINKFiIUbs
  • We believe that Kenya’s journey to national food security starts with smallholder farmers. See why: https://t.co/LXJnPbwt3A
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  • Our IT team have been busy configuring some of the 3,000 tablets that will be distributed to our field teams in Ken… https://t.co/OAKE0tMFai
  • In their first season with @OneAcreFund, farmers harvest 50% more food; farmers who used to harvest 10 bags in thei… https://t.co/oQpfm7Wy6y
  • The #Big4Agenda focuses on increasing household food resilience. @OneAcreFund knows that climate change can be a ma… https://t.co/aLEeDBNTvI
  • One for the avocado lovers 🙂 Here, our team is grafting avocado tree seedlings at the Huye Tree Nursery in Rwanda.… https://t.co/tPiiKHkJRW
  • RT @oneacrefundRW: For a month now, we have distributed seed and fertilizer to farmers in the 21 districts that we serve. Farmers and local…
  • "I always thought there must be better farming techniques, but harvesting up to a tonne had never crossed my mind,… https://t.co/PTPBaowDSx
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  • RT @oneacrefundRW: In 2019, One Acre Fund started producing hybrid maize seed in Rwanda with two domestic partners. We believe it’s a game-…
  • "I guess you drew the short end of the maize stalk!" (Pardon the corny pun, we had to 😅) Have a great day ahead,… https://t.co/HPZABLnL09