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 4,000 full-time staff across the four 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 2016, OAF has served 450,000 farm families in East Africa. By the end of 2017, OAF hopes to work with 600,000 families.

In 2016, OAF’s farmers saw their incomes rise by $100 and were paying back loans at a 99% repayment rate. At this rate of growth, OAF will soon be Africa’s largest network of smallholder farmers.

  • RT @FAO: Food security and the livelihoods of millions depend on healthy soils and land. Let’s respect this precious resource. Sustainabl…
  • RT @ProSyn: When women farmers have access to financing, the benefits go far beyond the fields. @UNDP @OneAcreFund https://t.co/xpMsERsbxh
  • RT @oneacrefundRW: Kugeza ubu, 100% zu utugali twose #TUBURA ikoreramo mu @NyaruguruDistr harimo nibura abakozi babiri ba #mobilemoney. Ibi…
  • RT @oneacrefundRW: Currently 100% of all the Cells #TUBURA operates in @NyaruguruDistr have at least 2 active mobile money agents making it…
  • #DidYouKnow that farmers we serve planted a total of 8.6 million trees last year? Find out more about our impact in… https://t.co/XZLJoHFn9B
  • It’s a bitter irony that the majority of the world’s hungriest people grow food for a living. In our Annual Report,… https://t.co/mTdo4bWUVF
  • “Now instead of going to the market to buy food, we are going there to sell.” — Andria Mukamazimpaka. Find out more… https://t.co/1Z0UWvu4On
  • “I will keep working hard for my family...I hope my children will have more than I had.” - Andria Mukamazimpaka. Re… https://t.co/VsS5tRc4cz
  • In 2017, our primary services to #smallholder farmers attained an SROI of 4.7 — meaning that farmers saw $4.70 of a… https://t.co/JD7fVLbEXH
  • 2017 was a milestone year for One Acre Fund. For the first time ever, we directly served more than 600,000 farmers!… https://t.co/P35DKjTu0L
  • RT @mix_market: Digital financial services continue to expand in Benin. What does this mean for access to finance for its rural population…
  • RT @oneacrefundRW: It was an honour to have @USAmbRwanda visit our offices in @KarongiDistr, meet the farmers we serve and also learn about…
  • RT @UNOPS: How can the @UN better align itself w/ the rapidly-changing world of intl. finance to support the #2030Agenda? @UNOPS chief Gret…
  • “I want to sell my maize to buy a cow, buy new chairs for my house, and buy a television. But most importantly, I w… https://t.co/3qR5Wy5yaR
  • We caught up with, Stella Wanyama, a farmer we serve in Western Kenya, who gives us a rare glimpse into her life an… https://t.co/op8vTjjFDL
  • RT @mix_market: In the coming months, @OneAcreFund and @mix_market will deepen coverage of the #ProductExplorer data in certain markets, be…
  • When rural women are economically empowered, it has tremendous benefits for their families and communities. Find ou… https://t.co/oFNTeiJ3QL
  • "My family is happy and full—it makes me happy too." Empowering women like Jeanette helps rural families prosper. R… https://t.co/je37ef6wOY
  • Understanding a customer’s needs, preferences, and behaviours is crucial for financial service provider’s long-term… https://t.co/Cc4QuPWnn6
  • Providers and investors need access to transparent markets & reliable data to make better decisions on #smallholderhttps://t.co/bZscxFXHFB