What farmers need
When farmers have access to technology and innovative products for work and life, the impact on their lives is enormous.
What we do
One Acre Fund takes a research-based approach to bringing technology to smallholder farmers, putting a team of scientists to work on maximizing impact for our clients.
Our farmers can use mobile phones to make loan repayments, sign up for products and services, view trainings, and more. We've rolled out the use of USSD, a text messaging-based service available on basic mobile phones, through which our customers can get services and access farming and market information straight from their phones. And we've equipped our field officers with tablets to make it easier for farmers to sign up for our products and services. These technological innovations helped farmers get through the pandemic and now they're equipping farmers to build a better future.
Innovation can mean many things. Besides technical advancements, we have a continuous pipeline of trials for new farmer-facing techniques and products to increase harvests and diversify income sources. This includes irrigation, livestock, tree-planting, high margin crops like avocados, and more. If a trial proves to make a major impact, we test larger-scale adoption and eventually roll it out as a part of our service offering.
We also recognize our unparalleled opportunity to deliver lifestyle products to underserved rural smallholder farmers - products like solar lights and quality cook stoves that would otherwise be difficult for them to access.
Maintaining and improving soil health is essential to ensuring farmers can stay resilient in the face of increasing pressures on land and a changing climate.
We turned to technology to keep more than one million farming families farming through the pandemic. Here's how.
A One Acre Fund case study, produced in partnership with USAID, details our approach to digital solutions and proposes key learnings for the future.
With many of our farmers in hard-to-access rural areas, mobile technology enables them to stay connected and informed.
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