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 2017, OAF has served 615,000 farm families in East and Southern Africa. By the end of 2018, OAF hopes to work with 760,000 families.

In 2017, OAF’s farmers saw their incomes rise by $170 and were paying back loans at a 98% repayment rate.

  • RT @SongbaeLee: #smallholder #farmers need credit and training but access to inputs like high quality #seed is just as critical to increasi…
  • “Before joining One Acre Fund, all I could think of was buying food for the children. Now, I have extra money to in… https://t.co/LFflhBs3EO
  • RT @oneacrefundRW: "We have field officers in each cell who train us on the right use fertilizers, land preparation and knowing the right q…
  • RT @hedrickchris: Latest @gatesfoundation Goalkeepers report out today underscores the need to invest in programs that work for sub-Saharan…
  • Meet Andria Mukamazimpaka from Rwanda showing off the grain from her latest bountiful harvest. Using profits from h… https://t.co/ZIetD04jFz
  • "We need to support African women participating in agri-business by empowering them to access productive resources,… https://t.co/BkGiCw6OtG
  • RT @WBG_Agriculture: Why we need to rethink how we produce food: https://t.co/FpLWmkim9i via @ecobusinesscom
  • "I always farmed together with my husband, but being able to farm on my own half an acre feels good. And I have bee… https://t.co/zpHB51tW80
  • Did you know that our new headquarters in Kakamega, Kenya was modeled after a greenhouse, and the internal walls ar… https://t.co/nCUB1EiTLO
  • "Now, I use the money I get from selling onions and tomatoes to pay for my children's school fees and to make other… https://t.co/Jo4xK8gmsn
  • A day in the life of a Rwandan smallholder farmer → https://t.co/UmVx5tNgWJ
  • Meet Pascaline Ntangyungwi, a 54 year-old smallholder farmer we serve in Burundi who has taken advantage of increas… https://t.co/1yRZNMvhZ8
  • "If you want to eradicate poverty, you must invest in agriculture. Africa needs more typical agricultural universit… https://t.co/3yLIGZwziM
  • "Before I relied on handouts. Now, I am self reliant." — Ignas Sanga, 44 year old smallholder farmer from Tanzania.
  • "This is my sister. She enrolled with One Acre Fund because of me. I'm very happy that she now has a good life." —… https://t.co/4uw285KGHf
  • “Africa cannot sustainably feed its people without irrigation.” — Ertharin Cousin, fellow at @ChicagoCouncil, call… https://t.co/by5pH0TULL
  • “It’s because of my success in farming that my children have reached a higher level of education and have a sense o… https://t.co/Vfy7L3DH7o
  • RT @AidExGlobal: First interview of the day just before the morning of the second half of #AidExNairobi begins. Jennifer Nyanju, Global Dir…
  • RT @oneacrefundRW: During 2019A Season Launch in @NgororeroDist farmers are being trained by farmer promoters using megaphone,on how to app…