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.

At a Glance
Founded: 2006
Co-Founder, Senior Partner & Executive Director: Andrew Youn
Food & Agriculture
Location of work: International, Africa
One Acre Fund
, Africa
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 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.

  • 🌽 30 bags ➡ 89 bags 📈🆙 Misheck Chembe, a 54-year old farmer and father of 8 from Kapiri North, Zambia, has been pr… https://t.co/gztFz253Ll
  • 📸 Crossing the scenic Lake Kivu to deliver tree seedlings to the farmers we serve on Nkombo Island, Rwanda? Just an… https://t.co/CcuZ3MwLrH
  • Just sharing a little cheer to cleanse the TL 😀 Meet Upendo Mgaya from Tanzania. Receiving her farming supplies wi… https://t.co/ogdEqQC3bF
  • Input delivery season is one of the most exciting periods on our calendar, and we do everything we can to make sure… https://t.co/GNRJVUTB55
  • Preparations for the next planting season are under way in Tanzania. Our field teams have been training farmers on… https://t.co/JJvpISo4h1
  • One of our supervisors, Jonathan (on the right), oversees delivery of farm supplies at one of our retail outlets (d… https://t.co/uCqg7krsNG