One Acre Fund, an award-winning nonprofit that works with smallholder farmers to increase their productivity and incomes, today announced the launch of One Acre Fund Insights, a living library of white papers and case studies for agriculture development practitioners and social enterprise professionals.
The new library will contain reports on One Acre Fund’s completed crop trials and current initiatives, as well as original articles on topics related to international development, agriculture innovation, social enterprise, and rural microfinance. The online library can be accessed via http://www.oneacrefund.org/library and will expand dramatically in 2015.
“Since launching One Acre Fund in 2006, we have learned a lot from the smallholder farmers we work with every day in the field,” said Andrew Youn, the organization’s executive director and co-founder. “One Acre Fund Insights is an attempt to document some of this knowledge and to proactively share our lessons learned with other organizations and professionals working to end hunger and poverty.”Founded in 2006, One Acre Fund supplies smallholder farmers in East Africa with the financing and training they need to grow their way out of hunger and poverty. Through a comprehensive bundle of services offered on credit, the organization distributes quality farm inputs to the remote areas where farmers live, trains farmers on agricultural techniques, and educates them on how to minimize post-harvest losses and to maximize market prices. On average, farmers working with One Acre Fund realize a 100 percent return on their investment and significantly increase farm income from every planted acre. The organization currently serves 200,000 smallholder farmers across Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania, reaching more than one million people in rural East Africa.