Why Smallholder Farmers are the Answer: Athanasie’s Story

May 26, 2011

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, one of TechnoServe’s most valued partners, has launched a challenge to show that smallholder farmers in the developing world are the key to reducing hunger and poverty. In Rwanda, coffee farmer Athanasie Musabyimana has overcome tremendous obstacles with help from the Coffee Initiative, a Gates Foundation-funded program. Learn how TechnoServe has helped her in the video below.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, one of TechnoServe’s most valued partners, has launched a challenge to show that smallholder farmers in the developing world are the key to reducing hunger and poverty. TechnoServe was founded in 1968 on exactly that principle. Each day, we help smallholder farmers across the world to access the skills, knowledge and markets they need to increase their incomes.

One such effort is the Coffee Initiative, a Gates Foundation-funded program to help smallholder coffee farmers in four East African countries improve the quality of their coffee and bring prosperity to their communities. In Rwanda, coffee farmer Athanasie Musabyimana has overcome tremendous obstacles just to provide for her children. TechnoServe has helped Athanasie raise her income and create a better future for her family. “With the life I am living now, I am happy,” she says.

Learn more about Athanasie’s story in this video.