Impact studies

At One Acre Fund, we care deeply about measuring and understanding the impact of program participation on farmers' lives.  We think of impact as our "North Star", and rigorous measurement is the only way to know if we are heading in the right direction.

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2021 Annual Impact Report

In a second straight year filled with challenges and uncertainty due to COVID, climate change, and inflation, we prioritized adaptation and innovation in supporting our clients to develop additional, diverse pathways to increased food security and better livelihoods.

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Agriculture/nutrition 2018 RCT results

Assessing the effectiveness of our integrated agriculture/nutrition intervention program targeted at families in Western Kenya with children ages 6-35 months

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Teso 2017 RCT Summary

Summary of results for our maize and beans production impact study in Teso district, Kenya, 2017.

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Developing a maize planting decision support tool

This study demonstrates the potential of providing planting date decision support to farmers, based on real-time forecasts of soil moisture, combined with climatological information on rainfall and temperature seasonality.

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Assessing our holistic impact

A look at our impact beyond immediate farmer profit by considering factors that are not easily monetized, but which bring meaningful changes in farmers' lives.

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Farmer resilience white paper

This report outlines the methodology used to measure our program’s impact on farmer resilience and also presents the results from the study conducted across six countries in 2017.

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How Nonprofits Can Drive Healthy Growth Using SROI

This article explores why we believe social return on investment is an underutilized yet surprisingly flexible tool for making strong resource allocation decisions that maximize nonprofit impact.

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Difference in Difference Impact Study

In addition to the randomized control trial (RCT), One Acre Fund uses the Difference-in-Difference (diff-in-diff) statistical technique to verify our everyday measurements. This memo covers our most comprehensive difference-in-difference studies.

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Measuring farm profit

Measuring farm profit is surprisingly complicated. This paper explains the assumptions we make when calculating farm profit, and why.

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Comprehensive Impact Report

This report takes stock of One Acre Fund’s M&E as we complete our first decade of operation, highlighting lessons learned, methods we have refined, and areas for further improvement.