In addition to directly supporting more than 500,000 smallholder farmers, we also work with partners across our sector to advocate for policies and services that put farmers first. We believe broad investment in smallholder farmers is key to long-term development.
This round up of recent news includes a new tool to promote financial inclusion, reflections on policy opportunities in Kenya and Rwanda, and a call for broader investment in agriculture to prevent hunger crises.
- The Daily Nation: Smallholder Farmers Key to Food Security: In his annual address, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta called for a welcome focus on food security and nutrition. To realize this worthwhile goal, we encourage the government to work to enable smallholders to maximize their productivity, such as by building up extension programs to provide better access to agricultural training.
- BBC: Training Farmers in Kenya: It’s input delivery time in Kenya, and our field team is hard at work distributing thousands of tons of seeds and fertilizer to farmers before planting season starts. BBC World Service Radio joined one of our recent delivery events in Kenya, and interviewed smallholder farmer Jackline Seta.
- Smallholder Finance Product Explorer: One Acre Fund partnered with the nonprofit data analytics firm MIX to launch the Smallholder Finance Product Explorer, a new, centralized directory where the agricultural finance industry can access detailed information on smallholder finance products. The goal of this new resource is to make operationally useful information more accessible, in order to inspire the development of new financial products for farmers and improve existing ones.
- ImpactAlpha: Flexible Loan Terms, Climate Insurance Open Door to Small Farmer Financing: It’s important that financial practitioners listen to farmers when designing financial products for them. In this column, we explain why it makes business sense to serve rural customers.
- Project Syndicate: Preventing the Next African Famine:If we invest more in agriculture now, the world will be better equipped to avert famines in the future. Governments and investors need to increase support for farmers to ensure the long-term sustainability of agriculture.
- The New Times: Rwanda leads the way on tree planting and environment: In partnership with the government, One Acre Fund recently distributed 3 million trees to farming families in Rwanda. Read about how the country’s agroforestry efforts are benefiting farmers and the environment.