Most of the world’s poor people are farmers and we provide them with opportunities to improve their livelihoods.
“We have had people that have gone from complete hunger to surplus harvest—the best harvest of their entire lives. They’re buying cows, they’re sending their children to schools,” says Andrew Youn, the founder of One Acre Fund. The organization empowers East African farmers by providing them with the resources—namely seeds, fertilizer, and education—to lift themselves out of hunger and abject poverty. “I think it is an absolute disaster when you have a child that is not able to realize their full potential—you should never ever, ever not be able to feed a child,” says Youn. Since it’s founding in 2006, One Acre has served 54,000 farmers, with more than 270,000 children living in those families.
TakePart travelled to the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, England, to pick the brains of the world’s biggest thinkers. These Innovators in Action are changing the face of the future with bold new ideas and profound enthusiasm. Motivated by personal experience and fueled by the hope that things can get better, these innovators—each of them true social entrepreneurs—are improving our world, one brilliant business idea at a time.