One Acre Fund is a non-profit social enterprise that supplies financing and training to help smallholders grow their way out of hunger and build lasting pathways to prosperity.
We serve smallholder farmers. In everything we do, we place the Farmer First. We measure success in our ability to make more farmers more prosperous. We envision a future in which every farm family has the knowledge and means to achieve big harvests, support healthy families, and cultivate rich soil.
One Acre Fund is growing quickly and we are proud to soon represent Africa’s largest network of smallholder farmers. Today, we are privileged to serve over 1 million farm families - with more than 5 million people living in those families. And the farmers we serve will produce enough surplus food to feed another 5 million of their neighbors.
This is only the tip of the iceberg. When millions of farmers speak with one voice, we can more effectively pursue collaboration together with government and the private sector to broaden our reach.
Andrew Youn started One Acre Fund in 2006 with co-founders Eric Pohlman in Rwanda and John Gachunga in Kenya. The organization was inspired by two farmers in Kenya working similar plots of land. The differences were small: one planted in rows, while the other broadcasted seed. One could afford higher quality farm products. Yet one farmer harvested four times as much food as the other. Providing access to better farm products and education on farming techniques became the driving mission behind One Acre Fund.