Is Feed the Future delivering results? Yes – with some limitations.

July 10, 2013

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Originally published on the ONE blog, and co-authored with David Hong, agriculture policy manager at the ONE Campaign: After participating in a Feed the Future loan program, Robai Nyongesa drastically increased her maize yield and is selling the surplus to improve the house she lives in with her three children. Photo credit: Feed the Future […]

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Adopting A Scalable Operating Model Tailored to African Smallholders

May 31, 2013

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Originally published in Ag4Impact’s 8 Views for the G8 report, and co-authored with Andrew Youn, executive director of One Acre Fund: Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the world’s six major crop regions, and it is the only one that has the potential for significant yield improvements. Farmers in sub-Saharan Africa use 15 times less fertilizer […]

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Serving the Poor But Operating Like A Business

March 22, 2013

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Originally published in Devex: At a time when public sector resources are limited, and every philanthropic dollar must go further, there is a robust debate in the international development community about how to achieve development goals with less money. To succeed in a resource-constrained environment, development practitioners should learn from a group that is adept […]

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Violence-Free Vote in Kenya is Just One Hurdle on Long Road

March 11, 2013

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Originally published in The National:  After five days on tenterhooks, Kenyans breathed a collective sigh of relief on Saturday at the official announcement that Uhuru Kenyatta had won the presidency. Much of that relief stemmed from one simple fact: the country had made it through its first elections since 2007 without a return to violence. To […]

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To Serve the Poorest Clients, Earned Income Isn’t Enough

January 29, 2013

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Originally published on the Harvard Business Review blog, and co-authored with Matt Forti: The recent explosion of interest in impact investing has generated much talk about breaking the shackles of the traditional philanthropic model. The concept seems appealing — incremental investment enters the “social impact” market in the form of below-market loans or equity, incenting […]

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A Regional Lesson as U.S. Extends a Hand to Africa’s Farmers

December 4, 2012

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Originally published in The National: When Barack Obama was running for US president in 2008, you could find Obama-chewing gum in Kenya, Obama fabric in Benin and a hit radio song about Mr Obama in Ghana. To say that Africans were enthusiastic about a possible president with Kenyan ties would be a serious understatement. Now, […]

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Emerging Voices: Stephanie Hanson on Empowering Female Smallholder Farmers

November 27, 2012

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Originally published on CFR.org: Emerging Voices features regular contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is from Stephanie Hanson, director of policy and outreach at One Acre Fund. She explains the specific obstacles facing Africa’s female farmers and One Acre Fund’s model for addressing them. Meet […]

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