Jan 2017 – Dec 2020

Nutrition solutions for smallholder farmer families in East Africa

Africa map

Country

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

$500,000 evaluation budget

Partners

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.

Impact

  • In 2017, One Acre Fund provided nutrition trainings to all of its clients in Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania (1-2 trainings completed in each country), reaching a total of more than 530,000 farm families.
  • Tanzania: In 2015, clients experienced an average 13% increase in income on One Acre Fund-supported activities, and in 2016 that grew to 26%. In 2017, preliminary impact results show that Tanzanian clients grew their incomes by 50%+ due to One Acre Fund’s support (or $200+ in new income).
  • In June 2017, IAF successfully delivered chickens to 128 farmers, with each farmer receiving five chicks.