Andrew Youn: 3 reasons why we can win the fight against poverty
Andrew Youn - Anti-hunger activist
With One Acre Fund, Andrew Youn is transforming African agriculture by helping farmers overcome the obstacles that hobble their harvests. Full bio
for about 10 years,
with you on global poverty.
of the human race
one billion of our members behind.
very solvable problems
on the right levers,
I believe there are three powerful levers
and why they make poverty
We sang songs together
to sleep on the floor.
there was nothing to eat.
with an increasingly sick feeling
cooked porridge as a substitute for lunch.
drank one cup to survive.
but also to grow physically and mentally.
they lose a little bit of their future.
one in three children
from a lifetime of not eating enough.
with poor access to health care,
die before they reach age five.
complete high school
human potential in every possible way.
feeling and moral human race,
for all of our members,
on this planet matters.
to take effective action.
and as a practitioner,
about the state of the world.
of the world's poor are farmers.
the world's poor,
as a major source of income.
then more than half the world's poor
is, of course, food.
they earn more food,
and thriving economies.
they reduce environmental pressure.
we can feed the world:
a lot more productive,
to make more farmland,
a really important leverage point.
they climb out of poverty,
reduce environmental land pressure.
are actually women.
radiating from this woman.
to earn a better life for her children.
of humanity in one person's hands,
lack access to basic tools and knowledge.
of saved food grain from the prior year,
and they till it with a manual hand hoe.
that date to the Bronze Age,
are still very poor.
of agricultural poverty a century ago.
most basic factors in farming.
when you cross two seeds together.
a high-yielding variety
positive traits from both of its parents.
if used responsibly,
just a pinch of fertilizer
with good practice.
and plant with massive amounts of compost,
have more than tripled
in every major region of the world,
out of poverty.
these things to everybody just yet,
agricultural poverty a century ago,
to everybody just yet.
that people remain poor
in remote places.
is simply a matter
and services to people.
to end global poverty in our lifetime.
is simply delivery.
governments and nonprofits
for life-improving goods,
that I know best,
with the tools that she needs to succeed.
to really rural places.
initially very challenging,
of our farmer network,
we rent hundreds of 10-ton trucks
are waiting in the field.
and walk it home to their farms.
for rural farmers.
also includes finance, a way to pay.
covering most of our expenses.
all that with training.
deliver practical, hands-on training
farmers use these tools
in our program, Consolata.
that I believe is the human right
about 400,000 farmers like Consolata.
is scalable delivery.
a rural field officer
to 200 farmers, on average,
living in those families.
of these rural field officers
governments and nonprofits
delivering farm services to all farmers.
this is a huge delivery territory.
by 50-mile block on the continent,
live in just these shaded regions.
next to each other
the Eastern United States.
anywhere in this territory
hot, fresh and delicious.
to an area of this size,
governments and non-profits
to all of her farmers.
beyond just farming.
effective tools to end poverty.
of human development,
solutions to poverty.
to a pretty small area.
of Sub-Saharan Africa as an example,
concentrated in these blue shaded areas.
in these green little dots.
of the United States for scale,
a highly achievable delivery zone.
in human history,
infrastructure available to us.
governments and non-profits
that are fully capable
careers in human development,
in a developing nation.
teachers, farmer trainers,
that dedicate their careers
at just my organization alone,
what your technical specialty,
it is to end poverty,
a big expansion of venture capital,
available in emerging markets.
to what private business can accomplish.
to profitably serve the extreme poor,
a major role to play.
but we need more leadership.
problems in human development
off the face of the planet.
check out this website.
that fit into our pockets
at a five-minute mile pace.
of our members behind.
has an opportunity
a truly moral and just human race.
it's incredibly possible
proven goods and services
has a role to play.
About the speaker:Andrew Youn - Anti-hunger activist
With One Acre Fund, Andrew Youn is transforming African agriculture by helping farmers overcome the obstacles that hobble their harvests.
Why you should listen
Andrew Youn has lived in rural Africa for the last ten years, learning from the largest group of poor people in the world: smallholder farmers. When he first visited Kenya in 2006, he was an MBA student who knew very little about farming. During that first trip, Andrew met two farm families. One family was harvesting two tons of food on a single acre of land and thriving; the other was going hungry. He began asking questions.
Ten years later, the organization he founded, One Acre Fund, serves more than 400,000 farm families, providing them with the financing and agricultural training they need to increase their yields and climb out of poverty. Youn is also the co-founder of D-Prize, an organization that funds early-stage startups that are innovating better ways to distribute proven life-enhancing technologies.
Youn graduated from Yale magna cum laude, is a former management consultant at Oliver Wyman, and received his MBA from Kellogg School of Management.
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