One Acre Fund serves farmers as part of a group lending model. In an effort to increase the number of clients served, in 2011 we tested several different strategies to increase group size and improve efficiency. After initial successes, problems started to emerge, and the larger group size trial was concluded after the 2012 season. This white paper explains why this trial was unsuccessful, and what we learned for the future.
When One Acre Fund launched in Rwanda in 2007, we adopted a rolling distribution method to deliver inputs to clients to accommodate the unique challenges of the new operating environment. Up until that point, drop distribution had always been our principal strategy. We maintained rolling distribution in Rwanda for seven years before deciding to trial drop distribution in 2013. This white paper explores the lessons learned from this change in our distribution strategy in Rwanda.
In 2008, One Acre Fund launched a pilot program in eastern Uganda, our first pilot outside of Kenya. The program operated for over two years before ending following the 2009 season. This white paper explores the lessons learned from this unsuccessful new country expansion effort.
In 2007 and 2008, One Acre Fund farmers in Kenya repaid their loans using their maize harvest. One Acre Fund planned to purchase maize from farmers at central collection points, store it until the price increased, and sell it to bulk purchasers. This white paper explains why this program was unsuccessful, and what we learned for the future.
In 2009 and 2010, One Acre Fund offered to purchase beans at above-market prices from farmers in Nyamasheke District, Rwanda. One Acre Fund then stored and sold the beans on the farmers’ behalf when prices rose in the market. This white paper explores why the bean buyback trial was not successful.
In 2010, One Acre Fund scouted and launched a pilot program in southern Ghana. The program was concluded after the 2013 season. This white paper explores lessons learned from this unsuccessful new country expansion effort.