What farmers need
Besides superior products and training, smallholder farmers need financing, insurance, and other services to help them invest in their future.
What we do
We offer a range of services that support farmers to maximize their harvests, protect them from catastrophic events, and help them increase their profits. This starts with the financing they need to get started, including the direct procurement and delivery of farm inputs on credit.
One Acre Fund is also one of the largest purchasers of farm input insurance on behalf of smallholders in Africa. If extreme weather damages harvests, partial loan forgiveness provides a critical safety net to protect families from financial disaster. Input insurance also increases farmers' confidence to invest in new approaches and experiment with less familiar planting methods.
In addition, we are piloting programs in some markets to buy high value crops directly from farmers and to provide connections to markets, eliminating middlemen and increasing farmers' profits.
Smallholder farmers face many challenges, but one of the toughest is accessing the finance they need to buy essential farming products like seed and fertilizer.
Farming insurance is an emerging tool in climate risk management that can help ensure smallholders are able to plant again the following season even if crops fail in the current one.
While 55 percent of Africa’s population is engaged in agricultural livelihoods, only approximately 1 percent of bank lending across the continent goes to the agricultural sector.
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Smallholder farmers hold the key to a brighter future. Help us serve even more farm families today!