Letter from Our Chairman and CEO
We are proud to share results and highlights from 2015 – the most impactful year in TechnoServe’s history – and the stories of the enterprising people who inspire us with their hard work and their vision for a better future.
For nearly fifty years, TechnoServe has been a catalyst and partner for transformative market-based solutions to poverty. We work with a range of partners – from smallholder farmers and entrepreneurs to governments and multinational corporations – in order to drive lasting change not just for individuals and families, but across whole value chains at a national scale.
Our innovative corporate partnerships are creating shared value around the globe. Working with Nespresso, we are rebuilding South Sudan’s coffee industry from the ground up – training farmers to improve their agricultural practices, establishing the country’s first coffee farmer cooperatives to process high-quality coffee, and laying the foundation for a vibrant industry. This led to the first international sale of South Sudanese coffee in Europe late last year. Nespresso sold out of the coffee in just two weeks and plans to expand the project.
2015 also saw the launch of an innovative corporate partnership helping the Kellogg Company integrate more women farmers into its supply chain. In December, TechnoServe successfully completed two large projects in partnership with The Coca-Cola Company, increasing the fruit incomes of more than 75,000 smallholder farmers in Haiti, Kenya and Uganda while developing sustainable exit strategies to ensure continued benefits for all stakeholders.
We made strides across our portfolio in 2015. In Benin, we started a large five-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to strengthen the country’s entire cashew value chain. In Peru, our work with farmer groups and other public- and private-sector partners has increased the competitiveness of the cocoa sector and improved the livelihoods of thousands of people. In East Africa, we launched an expanded partnership with the MasterCard Foundation to create economic opportunities for more than 48,000 rural youth. And President Obama praised our work with Partners in Food Solutions in Ethiopia when he visited Faffa Foods – one of 600 African food processors the partnership is supporting to promote food security and drive economic growth.
TechnoServe is grateful for the support of our donors, partners and allies. Working together, we have helped farmers, businesses and employees generate tens of millions of dollars in new revenue. We look forward to growing our impact in the years ahead, and helping more families and communities build a brighter future.