Jan 2017 – Dec 2020

Nutrition solutions for smallholder farmer families in East Africa

Africa map


Multiple countries – Africa

To transform a uniquely successful agriculture programme into the world’s largest ‘nutrition network’ for farmers.

$12,600,000 Multi-Year Grant Value


Other funders

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation -

  • MasterCard Foundation -

  • Skoll Foundation -

  • One Acre Fund

One Acre Fund (1AF), is a revenue-generating non-profit organization serving Africa’s largest network of smallholder farmers. 1AF connects farmers to distribution of agricultural inputs such as seed, fertilizer, finance and training to help them out of poverty, feed their families better and adapt to a changing climate.  The model centres on provision of a bundle of services to smallholder farmers which is supported by farmer repayment. 

Our partnership with 1AF is designed to introduce nutrition-sensitive components to this agricultural programme through:

  • innovation - adding new products and services which will impact nutrition
  • behaviour change for improved household practices
  • efficiency - low cost service delivery
  • geographic scale to accelerate expansion of the network

CIFF and 1AF will drive improvements in dietary diversity, increase consumption of nutritious food products through seasons, during pregnancy and childhood and improve nutritional status of families including adolescents across 1AF’s entire farmer network: by 2020, serving 1.25m farmers per year and incremental profit per-farmer reaching $150. 

The programme will also halve donor subsidy per farmer down by driving cost efficiency of their business model and scale up the Tanzania operation thereby growing by 100% the number of farm families served as well as driving the cost-efficiency of the model.


The impact of the investment will be three-pronged. It will

  • improve child nutrition status through improved dietary diversity, increased food consumption during hunger season and improved nutrition during pregnancy
  • halve donor subsidy per farmer by 2020, down to $8 per year, through driving cost-efficiency of the Kenya business model and building towards the ultimate goal of ‘break-even’ sustainable business model with no subsidies required
  • scale up the Tanzania operation and thereby growing by 100% the number of farm families served there as well as driving the cost-efficiency of the model