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Our impact

Our low-input, high-achieving approach means that our programmes cost as little as £30 per person per year.

We focus on training; ensuring families have the skills they need to grow food and earn an income. Where necessary, we also provide locally bought seeds, tools and livestock to support them on their journey out of poverty.

By the time our projects end, families are feeding their families and selling surplus crops. They are earning enough money to pay for their basic needs: education, better housing and healthcare. They are no longer just surviving but thriving; saving money and investing in their farms and developing small businesses that can sustain them for years to come.

Latest annual report

  • The year with Send a Cow 2020-21

    This was an exceptional year, when smallholder farmers in Africa faced the twin challenges of the worsening climate crisis, and the global pandemic. As our chairman John Geake says in his introduction: “Our role as trainers and facilitators was never more important.”

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Annual reports and accounts


In 2020/21 we supported 728,000 people across 30 projects in six countries in east and southern Africa. Three major projects that were completed this year achieved a significant impact on hunger in our region, and over all of the countries 85% of families achieved food security through their work with us this year.


In 2019/20 we supported 550,000 people with life-saving skills through 26 projects across the six African countries where we work. Our priority is to ensure people have the skills and confidence to grow enough to eat. We increasingly do this in ways that help communities adapt to climate change and protect and restore the natural environment.


In 2018/19 we worked with 768, 670 people to help them eradicate poverty and create opportunities from the land. We used our income of £8.3m to deliver 24 life-changing projects across six countries in Africa, spending more than ever before on our work with families in rural communities.


We invest every penny you donate to ensure the greatest impact in Africa. In 2017/18, we increased our income by 10% to just under £7.6 million. We also maintained our cost of raising funds at 15% and are spending more on delivering charitable objectives than ever before.

Our impact reports

Examining the effectiveness of a gender transformative approach in economic empowerment programs to reduce Intimate Partner Violence

Research led by the Global Women's Institute at The George Washington University, examining the impact of Send a Cow programmes in reducing intimate partner violence in rural communities of western Kenya.

Kenya: Our impact

A report focusing on the impact of our work in Kenya, particularly in our Wealth Creation Project.

Burundi: Our impact

A report focusing on the impact of our work in Burundi, particularly in our Jimbere Project.

Ethiopia: Our impact

A report focusing on the impact of our work in Ethiopia, particularly our DeFar and SAMIL projects.

Rwanda: Our impact

A report about the impact of our work in Rwanda.

Our Impact

This report looks at the impact of our work, featuring examples from Kenya and Uganda.

Other reports

Food Report

Sustainable Development Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. Download our Food Report to see how Send a Cow helps smallholder farmers in Africa grow, eat and trade healthily.

Building resilience

Building resilience

Building Resilience explores how our work enables vulnerable families to bounce back from challenges they face, particularly the effects of climate change. It is based on extensive independent research, and is intended to share learning and stimulate debate.

Climate resilience

Read the full original research piece for Building resilience from the Natural Resources Institute at the University of Greenwich.

Social resilience

Read the full original research piece for Building resilience from independent consultant Monica Kapiriri.