One Acre Fund is an organization that “helps East African farmers grow their way out of hunger.” So why a smallholder agricultural development organization on the Landscapes Blog? There is no discussion of multiple ecosystem services, or the role of trees and wildlife habitat in a landscape. But the organization’s projects address issues of credit, insurance, seed, and access to markets that are also essential for any integrated approach to sustainable and scalable agricultural development to succeed. And organizations like One Acre, which have built strong relationships with an aggregated group of small-scale farmers, could play important roles in developing agricultural production systems that provide these food and livelihood benefits, while also protecting the health of natural ecosystems.
The video is part of a multi-part series run by the Center for Investigative Reporting called Food for 9 Billion.