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Our Impact

At One Acre Fund, impact is our North Star. We always seek to generate positive impact in the lives of smallholder farmers, and rigorous measurement is the only way to know if we are heading in the right direction.

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2015 Actual 2016 Actual 2017 EOY Projected 2018 Projected

Scale

Farm families served
305,000 446,000 576,000 760,000

Each farm family counted received credit, delivery, training, and market facilitation support for at least one technology in our portfolio.

Scale

Full-time staff (95% rural jobs created)
4,300 5,400 6,400 N/A*

One Acre Fund provides high-quality, full-time employment in rural areas. The vast majority of One Acre Fund’s staff are farmers. Through professional feedback and leadership development programs, staff advance their careers into meaningful management roles.

Impact

$ gain in farmer income
$137 $102** $110 $140

Each season, we physically weigh harvests and compare the farm profits of a random set of One Acre Fund farmers to a random set of either “likely-to-enroll” or “newly enrolled” farmers, thus forming a highly similar comparison group. Please visit our Methodology section for more information. 

Dollar ($ USD) gain in farmer income is calculated as the differential profits of One Acre Fund and comparison group farmers on the products and services we offer (including core agriculture products and “add-on” products such as solar lights). Percent (%) gain in farmer income is measured the same way, but looks at the % difference in profits; it is not a percentage gain in total household income. We are targeting $140 USD of impact (and a 50% gain) per year, but outside factors such as weather and crop diseases cause some annual fluctuation.

Please visit our Country Detail section or view our Performance Reports for significantly more detail.

Impact

% gain in farmer income
55% 52% 50%+ 50%+

Each season, we physically weigh harvests and compare the farm profits of a random set of One Acre Fund farmers to a random set of either “likely-to-enroll” or “newly enrolled” farmers, thus forming a highly similar comparison group. Please visit our Methodology section for more detail.

Percent (%) gain in farmer income is calculated as the % differential profits of One Acre Fund and comparison group farmers on the products and services we offer (including core agriculture products and “add-on” products such as solar lights); it is not a percentage gain in total household income. We target a 50% gain per year, but outside factors such as weather and crop diseases cause some annual fluctuation.

Please visit our Country Detail section or view our Performance Reports for significantly more detail.

Sustainability

% loan repayment
99% 98% 97%+ 97%+

Repayment gauges farmer satisfaction. If farmers are dissatisfied with our services, they can opt out of our program by not repaying their loan. (If a farmer group does not collectively repay its outstanding credit, none of the individual members will be eligible to re-enroll in One Acre Fund the following season.)

We work hard to ensure consistently high-quality service, and hence consistently high repayment rates. In 2015, we achieved 99.3% loan repayment organization-wide, including 100% repayment in both Kenya and Burundi.

Sustainability

% field sustainability
79% 73%** 73% 85%

One Acre Fund field expenses include farm inputs and logistics, local field staff compensation and training, in-country headquarters and office-related costs, and an appropriate allocation of international staff who support delivery of our core program. Also included are the financial results of our agrodealer program. Not included are donor-funded R&D expenses (new country scouting, product innovation, infrastructure innovation, etc.), since these expenditures do not benefit existing farmers in the year incurred. Please view our Financial Reports for a full accounting. 

In 2015, 78% of field costs were covered by farmer repayments. We aim to steadily increase this number through growth in revenue per farmer (more land enrolled, new products offered) and cost efficiencies (higher ratio of farmers to field staff, purchasing economies on farm inputs). See our Driving Financial Sustainability white paper for more information.

  • * Currently unavailable as we typically only forecast hiring decisions one year in advance.
  • ** Both dollar impact and financial sustainability dipped due to drought conditions in many operating areas, especially Kenya, and inclusion of two new countries (Uganda and Malawi).

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