Lessons from One Acre Fund’s First Uganda Pilot
In 2008, One Acre Fund launched a pilot program in eastern Uganda, our first pilot outside of Kenya. This white paper explores the lessons learned from this unsuccessful new country expansion effort that lasted just two years.
Rolling Distribution in Rwanda
When we launched in Rwanda in 2007, we adopted a rolling distribution method to deliver inputs to clients to accommodate the unique challenges of the new operating environment. We maintained rolling distribution there for seven years before changing.
Maize as Payment in Kenya
In 2007 and 2008, One Acre Fund farmers in Kenya repaid their loans using their maize harvest. This white paper explains why this program was unsuccessful, and what we learned for the future.
Larger Group Size in Rwanda
One Acre Fund serves farmers as part of a group lending model. In an effort to increase the number of clients served, in 2011 we tested several different strategies to increase group size. This white paper explains why this trial was unsuccessful.
Unsuccessful Scale-Up: Bean Buyback in Western Rwanda
In 2009 and 2010, One Acre Fund offered to purchase beans at above-market prices from farmers in Nyamasheke District, Rwanda. This white paper explores why the bean buyback trial was not successful.
A Learning Experience: One Acre Fund Ghana Pilot
In 2010, One Acre Fund scouted and launched a pilot program in southern Ghana. The program was concluded after the 2013 season. This white paper explores lessons learned from this unsuccessful new country expansion effort.
Government Services at One Acre Fund
Alan Harlam and Barrett Hazeltine of Brown University trace the development One Acre Fund's strategy of working with African governments to deliver inputs, marketing services, and trainings to rural smallholder farmers in East Africa.
House Subcommittee Hearing: Food Security and Nutrition Programs in Africa
One Acre Fund testified before the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, calling attention to the role of smallholder farmers in the fight to end global poverty.
Effective Methods for Engaging Local Government
One Acre Fund has come to realize the value of a comprehensive approach to engaging local government in East Africa. This white paper offers key insights into our approach to working with local governments.