Farmers have the potential to play an important role in helping to reduce hunger and poverty across the globe. A majority of people in the developing world provide for their families and communities through small-scale agriculture. One Acre Fund is a nonprofit that helps farmers better their farms’ productivity by increasing harvest per acre, sales, and income. The nonprofit provides farmers with start up capital, seeds and fertilizer, agricultural training, and helps them market their produce to maximize profit. One Acre Fund also provides up-to-date agricultural training to improve harvests and helps farmers safely store their crops and build relationships with local traders.
“One Acre Fund currently serves farmers based in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Burundi. By the end of 2015, One Acre Farm will have served 305,000 farm families throughout East Africa. By 2016, that number is projected to grow to 420,000 families.” (One Acre Fund)
Farming remains a major source of income among the global poor, but many small-scale farmers lack the resources, training, or funds to increase their farm’s productivity. Family farmers often lack start up capital to buy basics such as seeds and fertilizer and many of them live in regions of the world from where it is difficult to get these much-needed supplies. Without training farmers often do not know how to optimize agricultural output. Lack of pest control, proper storage facilities and difficulties navigating local trade networks are some of the issues that prevent farmers from getting the most from their harvests. When farmers increase their farm’s output, they produce more food for their families and communities.
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