Together with our partners, TechnoServe is helping to grow strong markets that create opportunities for enterprising people in the developing world.
- Where We Work
- Burkina Faso
- Côte d’Ivoire
- El Salvador
- Latin America and the Caribbean
- South Africa
TechnoServe is implementing a four-year initiative to train 1,000 farmers in agronomic and sustainability practices in the eastern part of Guatemala.
Working in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation since 2007, the Coffee Initiative aims to increase coffee incomes by 64 percent for 6,000 smallholder Kenyan farmers. We are working with smallholder coffee farmers to improve their cultivation, milling and marketing practices in order to increase the quality and quantity of their coffee and command higher prices.
Now in its second four-year phase, the Coffee Initiative aims to significantly boost Rwanda coffee farmers’ incomes while raising yields and quality. TechnoServe business advisors work with farmers to improve growing and processing practices as well as build new wet mill businesses that produce some of Rwanda’s finest specialty coffee.
Though fertilizers have the potential to double cocoa yields on smallholder plots, most Nigerian farmers don’t have access to the credit they need to purchase these inputs. As a result, Nigerian cocoa producers are achieving only 30 percent of their potential yields. TechnoServe will play a key role in a pilot project linking an expected 500 smallholder Nigerian cocoa farmers to input credit by 2015.
As part of its regional Coffee Initiative, TechnoServe is helping small-scale farmers increase their incomes by producing higher-quality coffee for the lucrative specialty coffee market. Our Tanzanian coffee work to date has helped increase farmers’ incomes by $1 million a year, partly by enabling them to sell directly to overseas buyers such as Starbucks and Peet's Coffee & Tea.
Cocoa production began in Tanzania in the late 1960s, yet has not been significantly promoted or developed as a cash crop in the past 40 years. TechnoServe, supported by a grant from Irish Aid, is working with farmers to improve post-harvest handling and better position farmer groups as credible sellers.
Ghana is one of the world's top producers of cocoa, a highly-demanded export crop grown by an estimated 700,000 farmers. TechnoServe trains cocoa farmer groups to operate as businesses and optimize their productivity so that the farmers can triple their incomes.
Hundreds of millions of liters of effluent are discharged into the rivers of Ethiopia’s Sidamo region during coffee processing without adequate waste water management. TechnoServe is currently working with 10 Sidamo wet mills to implement appropriate water purification solutions and will support an additional 20 wet mills to implement sustainable water management practices.
The Coop Academy is helping to create a professional and sustainable cocoa industry that benefits communities and strengthens the Ivorian economy. The business skills program will target 460 leaders of 115 cocoa cooperatives installed in the country over four years.
Coffee contributes more than 30 percent of annual export earnings, and provides a livelihood for over one million households. Since 2009, TechnoServe helped establish 90 new farmer-owned wet mills across Ethiopia as part of the Coffee Initiative. TechnoServe is continuing its work by providing agronomy training to over 50,000 coffee farmers in Ethiopia.