One Acre Fund
"Preparing 50,000 smallholder farmers in Kenya and Rwanda to access regional staple foods markets"
One Acre Fund deliberately serves some of the poorest people in the world, clients with an average under-five child mortality rate of 14 percent and a median landholding of one acre. Most of our clients are women, supporting an average of five children per household.Most of our clients are also net food purchasers—they spend up to 65 percent of their incomes purchasing food.
One Acre Fund’s farmers are extremely rural individuals with limited access to financing, education, and markets. One Acre Fund’s program model successfully enables farmers to double to triple their harvests. However, as farmers increase their harvests and reach food security in their families, they need to learn how to access regional agriculture markets. One Acre Fund seeks to expand and strengthen the market access component of its service model to prepare our smallholder farmers to access regional commercial markets. In Kenya, One Acre Fund’s farmers are located under one hour from the border with Uganda. In Rwanda, One Acre Fund’s farmers are located under one hour from the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo or Burundi.
One Acre Fund will prepare 50,000 smallholder farmers in Kenya and Rwanda to access regional staple foods markets for maize and beans. It will train farmers on post-harvest handling and storage; link farmers to traders; and oversee output marketing for farmers.
Country: Regional - with bases in Kenya and Rwanda
Grant Timeline: February 1st, 2011 - July 31st, 2012
Total Amount: $76,000