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Farming futures: How youth are cultivating prosperity

In Africa, young people like Taifa represent a significant demographic, with 70% of Sub-Saharan Africa under the age of 30. As this new wave of farmers like Taifa steps up to inherit the mantle from their predecessors, there is a compelling need to encourage even more young people to embrace farming.

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How soil testing is helping smallholders in Tanzania improve soil health

Smallholder farmers are intimately connected with their soil, relying on it for strong harvests to feed their families and communities, and to earn an income. For this year’s World Soil Day, we’re highlighting how smallholder farmers in Tanzania are investing in their futures by taking part in our new soil testing and training offering.

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Why investing in variety is crucial for farming success

Meet Angelus Mwapinga, a 50-year-old farmer from Tanzania. Determined to send his seven children to school, he leveraged credit from One Acre Fund to buy high quality farming inputs leading to a 20% increase in his harvest. His success means that he has been able to expand his farm, now growing potatoes and fruit tree seedlings. Diversification like this helps protect him against climate shocks.

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One Acre Fund's Global Croptake: The data in depth

Smallholder farmers are witnessing the devastating impacts of the climate crisis on their crops, harvests, diets, and families. This is not a hypothetical future risk; it is a reality they are facing today.

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Claudine Ayinkamiye: Farmer, tree entrepreneur, climate adapter

In just the first season farming with One Acre Fund, Claudine Ayinkamiye, a 30-year-old farmer from Rwanda, managed to produce 900 kilos of potatoes and maize. Thanks to this surplus, she was able to invest in different crops and trees, making her better equipped to withstand erratic weather due to climate change.

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The transformative power of trees in Zambia

Trina Mwiinga grows trees on her farm in Zambia with One Acre Fund. In addition to the benefits trees provide - boosting her crop harvest, by protecting them from climate breakdown and providing shade for her animals from extreme heat - she is paid to look after them by One Acre Fund.

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A field officer’s mission: Planting the seeds of climate resilience within her community

Fifty-two-year-old One Acre Fund field officer Alphonsine Nyiransabimana dreams of a thriving agricultural industry in Rwanda, where farmers can earn a decent living. She is working to fulfill this mission by helping farmers in her local community access credit and quality seeds so that they can increase their harvests and adapt to extreme weather caused by the climate crisis.

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One Acre Fund Nigeria: From Pilot to Full Country Program

Starting as a pilot serving 150 farmers in 2018 in Niger State, our program in Nigeria has been hugely successful – in 2022, we served over 24,000 farmers. We are rapidly scaling and expanding our work, which has the potential to transform the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Nigeria’s smallholder farmers over the next decade.

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How innovation is shaping Malawi's agricultural landscape

Smallholder farmers in Malawi play a vital role in the country's economy, but they face production challenges – due to limited resources and access and changing weather patterns. Learn more about what we're doing to support them.

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How climate change is impacting smallholders in Malawi

This Earth Day - a day dedicated to raising awareness of the challenges our Earth faces and galvanizing action to protect it - we’re highlighting how smallholder farming communities are being affected by climate change.

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Why healthy soils are critical to building smallholders’ climate resilience

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. Healthy soils produce better harvests, meaning farmers can harvest more even on small areas of land, and healthy soils mean healthier crops that are more resilient to extreme weather events.

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Investing in a new generation of farming entrepreneurs

Our Executive Director, Andrew Youn, shares his vision on why investing in young farmers is key to addressing the challenges we face in agriculture today – from sustainably feeding the world’s growing population to finding lasting solutions to resilient, profitable agriculture.