TechnoServe's blog highlights the lessons and successes from our work with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries.
Ed Bullard launched TechnoServe as a different type of nonprofit – one that would help poor people by connecting them to information and market opportunities.
In 1996, TechnoServe founder Ed Bullard traveled to northern Nicaragua to visit members of the Enrique Bermúdez Cooperative. Two years earlier, these farmers were soldiers emerging from a civil war. With TechnoServe’s assistance, they began to plant trees and revive the barren land, which was decimated from years of war. TechnoServe helped the farmers reintroduce coffee trees and connect to markets for their crops. The former soldiers formed a cooperative and committed themselves to rebuilding their livelihoods.
TechnoServe founder Ed Bullard would have celebrated his 77th birthday yesterday. Ed, pictured above on a Kenyan cattle ranch in 1985, was inspired to start TechnoServe after volunteering at a hospital in rural Ghana in the 1960s.