About us

One Acre Fund is an agricultural service provider that supports Africa's smallholder farmers to build resilient communities.

More than 50 million families in Sub-Saharan Africa earn a living from small farms, which produce 80 percent of the continent’s food. But harvests still lag far behind the rest of the world. We supply the financing and training these farmers need to grow their way out of hunger and build lasting pathways to prosperity.

Instead of giving handouts, we invest in farmers to help them increase their yields and their profits. When farmers become more productive, they help feed healthy communities and create thriving economies. They also reduce environmental pressure by doing more with less land.

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Our founding story

For smallholder farmers, the line between flourishing and struggling often comes down to small differences in planting technique and the quality of seeds and supplies. Providing access to better farm products — such as naturally-produced hybrid seed and a small amount of fertilizer — and education on farming techniques became the driving mission behind One Acre Fund. Started in 2006 by co-founders Andrew Youn, Eric Pohlman, and John Gachunga, One Acre Fund addresses these solvable problems so that farmers have what they need to thrive.

A smiling smallholder farmer in a hat loads the back of his bicycle cart with tree seedlings

Read our 2023 annual report

In 2023, we continued to adapt to better serve farmers, prioritizing investments in climate resilience and creating new pathways to food and income security. In our latest annual report, we underline the transformative power of agricultural innovation on rural livelihoods and economies, and in ending global poverty.