Using Mobile Tech to Shape Smallholder Farming in Rwanda
With a simple feature phone, Rwanda's smallholder farmers have access to the quality farming inputs and training they need to grow more food and earn more money.
Impact Challenge: Innovating to Double Farmer Profit
Our countries and global departments share how we’re innovating to multiply farmer impact by 2024 and deliver $1 billion in impact in terms of food and income by 2030.
One Acre Fund Technology Innovations Report - 2021
A One Acre Fund case study, produced in partnership with USAID, details our approach to digital solutions and proposes key learnings for the future.
Four Mindsets That Accelerate Nonprofit Growth
A reflection on how a set of strategies related to target-setting, financial modeling, program measurement, and organizational culture helped one organization reach a major milestone.
Smart Scaling for Social Change Organizations
This report discusses One Acre Fund's approach to scaling and lessons learned on our journey toward serving 1 million farming families.
Challenging Conventional Wisdom on Nonprofit Boards
This article shares our (somewhat counter-intuitive) experiences with our governing board, and how it's composition and function has evolved over time to meet our changing needs and opportunities.
Finding The Best Fit – One Acre Fund’s integration of digital tools in Kenya (USAID)
This USAID case study highlights One Acre Fund's approach to digital integration, particularly in Kenya. It reviews the impact of digital tools on the organization’s operations & staff, and offers lessons learned about its digital integration experience.
Financial Sustainability 2.0: A Means to an End
During the last two years (as of this writing), One Acre Fund’s thinking on financial sustainability has evolved. In this white paper, we explain the factors that have driven this change and our latest thinking on this important topic.
Smallholder Farmers and Business: 15 pioneering collaborations for improved productivity and sustainability
This report shows how pioneer companies and organizations have sustainably increased the income and livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers around the world.
Whats Your Exit...Er Commitment Strategy?
Originally published by the Stanford Social Innovation Review, this article delves into the conditions under which nonprofits will find commitment strategies—rather than exit strategies—may be the right answer for their direct service programs.
Ending Hunger in Africa
Why is solving the challenge of distribution bottlenecks key to successfully disseminating life-changing interventions to smallholder farmers? By Andrew Youn, originally published The Art & Science of Delivery, a report produced by McKinsey & Company.
Our scale innovations team is like an R&D lab for operational improvements to the way One Acre Fund reaches farmers. This white paper discusses the team's unique approach and reviews several scale innovations trials.
Professional Development of Field Staff
Field staff are crucial to One Acre Fund's future growth, and are the focus of extensive professional development efforts. This white paper delves into One Acre Fund's field staff development philosophy and strategy.
Measuring to Improve vs. Improving Measurement
Originally published by the Stanford Social Innovation Review, this article explores — and challenges — how social sector organizations have traditionally approached the paradigm of impact measurement.
To Serve the Poorest Clients, Earned Income Isn’t Enough
This articles discusses the tensions between pursuing high social impact while attempting to focus on a bottom line. By Matt Forti and Stephanie Hanson, originally published by the Harvard Business Review blog.
Growing Prosperity: Developing Repeatable Models to Scale the Adoption of Agricultural Innovations
This excerpt of the 2014 report by Bain & Company and Acumen features a case study of One Acre Fund's model and outlines what is needed to spur the large-scale adoption of agricultural innovations among smallholder farmers.
Driving Financial Sustainability
As a direct service organization, One Acre Fund sees the pursuit of financial sustainability as integral to achieving its mission of transformative social impact. This white paper explains our approach to pursuing financial sustainability.
Social Good = Scale x Impact (Who Knew?)
Originally published by the Stanford Social Innovation Review, this article explores why nonprofits and academics should focus on scale and impact when developing and evaluating direct service interventions. By Andrew Youn and Matt Forti.