2014 (actual) 2015 (actual) 2016 (End of
year projected)
2017 (projected)
SCALEFarm families served 203,600 305,000 420,000 520,000
SCALEFull-time staff 2,343 4,300 4,800 5,500
IMPACT$ gain in farmer income $116* $137 $140 $145
IMPACT% gain in farmer income 52%* 55% 50%+ 50%+
SUSTAINABILITY% Loan repayment 99% 99% 97%+ 97%+
SUSTAINABILITY% Field sustainability 74% 79% 78%** 81%
Click on a core metric — Scale, Impact, or Sustainability — to learn more about how One Acre Fund measures our success.

SCALE (families)

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

 

SCALE (Staff)

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)

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 (see the Methodology section for more detail).

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.

See our Country Detail tab and Performance Reports for significantly more detail.

 

IMPACT
(% gain in farmer income)

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 (see the 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.

See our Country Detail tab and Performance Reports for significantly more detail.

 

SUSTAINABILTY
(% Loan Repayment)

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)

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. See 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 white paper Driving Financial Sustainability for more information.

 

* 2014 impact has been restated (from $128 to $116, and from 57% to 52%) to reflect improved market price information in Rwanda and inclusion of additional program fees in Tanzania.
** Financial sustainability projected to slightly dip given the inclusion of Uganda and Malawi, our two newest countries, launched in 2016. 2015 field sustainability would have been 77% had these countries been included.
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