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, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, and Zambia, and are employing 8,300 full-time staff across ten countries.
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.
In 2019, OAF served 1 million farm families in Sub-Saharan Africa. By the end of 2020, OAF hopes to work with about 1.2M families.
Kenya was OAF’s first country of operations—they’ve now expanded to Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, and Malawi and are employing 8,200 full-time staff across the six countries.
In 2019, OAF’s farmers saw their incomes rise by $100+ 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.
One Acre Fund News
One Acre Fund and SIRUM Win 2020 Audacious ProjectHoused at TED, The Audacious Project is a collaborative funding initiative that is unlocking social impact on a grand scale. Every year we select and…Jun 2020
Andrew Youn: 3 Reasons We Can Win the Fight Against PovertyHalf of the world’s poorest people have something in common: they’re small farmers. In this eye-opening talk, activist Andrew Youn shows how his group, One…Jun 2016
One Acre Fund is Energizing the Green Revolution in Africa“In the fight against global poverty, there are very few hugely powerful leverage points,” says One Acre Fund founder, Andrew Youn. “The majority of the world’s poor…Jun 2015
One Acre Fund: "Social Good = Scale x Impact (Who Knew?)"“At One Acre Fund, we are working to de-isolate these two critical factors, and achieve both meaningful scale and net impact. We’ve grown more than…Jul 2014
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