Busia 2014 RCT summary

Impact study
Summary of results from our maize yields study in Busia district, Kenya, 2014

The major purpose of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of our internal M&E when compared to a more rigorous RCT design. Overall, the estimate of the harvest impact from the One Acre Fund program is reasonably consistent compared to what we normally see in our regular M&E in Kenya. The study showed 32 percent increase in revenue corresponding to 31 percent profit improvement, or $91 USD profit improvement for maize in Kenya in 2014. This compares to our internal estimate of 21 percent increase in profit corresponding to $87 USD per farmer for our Kenya program in 2014. (Baseline profit was lower in the RCT study area, resulting in lower dollar impact per percentage point improvement in profit1).