One Acre Fund (1AF) is a partner in GP’s Smallholder Farmer Inputs and Solar Lights initiatives. 1AF is a non-profit social enterprise in Eastern and Southern Africa helping smallholder farmers achieve greater food security and prosperity through a package of inputs (such as seeds and fertilizer), technical assistance, market facilitation, and access to other essential products such as solar lights.
Two-thirds of the population of sub-Saharan Africa is fed and employed by family farms, 95% of which are smaller than five hectares and the majority are smaller than one hectare. Limited access to information and quality agricultural inputs like improved seeds hinders production and income for these smallholder farm households. Many of these households are part of the over 570 million people in sub-Saharan Africa – more than half the region’s population – with no access to electricity.*