AATIF is committed to prioritizing investment that contribute to improving food security, create employment and boost local incomes. True to the concept of impact investing, the Fund seeks to track, measure and report on the social and environmental performance of its investments to assess its progress and impact along a set of indicators that include:
- Increases in agricultural production and productivity levels
- Generation of additional employment opportunities
- Investee company outreach to smallholder farmers
- Increases in farm and overall household income
- Improvement in living and working conditions
Progress is measured through a three-level monitoring and evaluation 9M&E) framework, which spreads from the analysis of self-reported data of investee companies to rapid appraisals conducted by third parties to long-term in-depth impact evaluations with (quasi-) experimental design (see Figure 1).
The objective of the self-reported data and rapid appraisals is to collect and analyse a selected and limited set of comparable data from each AATIF investment, as a basis for assessing the overall impact of AATIF. In-depth impact evaluations provide AATIF with empirical evidence to assess the effectiveness of funding a particular approach, e.g. outgrower schemes. This provides AATIF with valuable insights and allows for the Fund to learn and inform future investments.
Results and findings can be found in the published Impact Briefs.