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Photo credit: Stephanie Hanson, One Acre Fund


In honor of Mother’s Day, we feature Robai Nyongesa, a mother of three and a smallholder farmer in Western Kenya who has been able to produce more food to the support her family with the help of a Feed the Future project with One Acre Fund, an OPIC partner. One Acre helps small farmers like Nyongesa access seeds and fertilizer, training in new farming methods, and other tools to improve farm yields. This support has been shown to double farm income per planted acre in the farmer’s first season. In her first year participating in the program, Nyongesa harvested five times what she had harvested previously. The program has helped Nyongesa earn more money and provide more support for her family.

In Africa, many smallholder farmers are unable to grow enough food to feed their families throughout the year. Often they lack modern farming equipment, technical knowledge, quality seeds and fertilizers, and the financing to access them. One Acre has used a $10 million loan from OPIC to reach more of these small struggling farmers.

Read her story by Feed the Future here

Read more about OPIC partner One Acre Fund here

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