Projects

Together with our partners, TechnoServe is helping to grow strong markets that create opportunities for enterprising people in the developing world.

Building Coffee Growers’ Capacity

TechnoServe helped coffee producer groups become more profitable by growing and selling lucrative specialty coffee. Using tools such as traceability software and quality management systems, TechnoServe business advisors trained the producers in industry best practices.

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Diversifying Incomes and Deepening our Impact

TechnoServe is working with 129 farmers in Nkomazi, Mpumalanga to improve their sugarcane yields and to diversify their production to include vegetables, enabling these farmers to increase their incomes.

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Expanding Specialty Coffee

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.

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A Good Cup of Coffee

TechnoServe provided technical assistance and worked alongside 1,260 small coffee growers in Colombia’s Caldas region as they improved the quality of their crops and their earnings.

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Identifying Coconut Water Opportunities

Beverage brand Vita Coco contracted TechnoServe to evaluate the coconut industry in India and to advise the company on an implementation plan to source from Indian producers.

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Improving Cocoa Productivity and Food Security

TechnoServe is a key implementer in the African Cocoa Initiative (ACI), which aims to institutionalize effective public and private sector models for sustainable productivity growth and improve food security on cocoa farms in West and Central Africa.

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Improving Colombia’s Coffee Sector

Building off our previous work in the Colombian coffee industry, TechnoServe continues to explore new ways to support the country’s small producers.

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Improving Livelihoods through Cocoa

TechnoServe is a key implementer in the Cocoa Livelihoods Program, which seeks to double the incomes of one third of West African cocoa farming households within 10 years. Since 2009, TechnoServe has trained nearly 5,000 Ivoirian farmers on input application and credit management.

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Increasing the Adoption of Centralized Coffee Wetmills

The Huila Central Mill Project is a two-year program that will a pilot a sustainable and replicable wetmill model for Colombia. The project aims to influence coffee farmers to transition from in-farm wetmills to centralized wetmills.

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Kenya Coffee Initiative

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.

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Making Cocoa More Profitable

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.

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Promoting Cocoa Production

In Southern Nicaragua, TechnoServe is executing a cocoa project in partnership with the PIMCO Foundation to support a group of 100 farmers, the majority of whom are women. The project aims to generate incomes for poor families by giving them the opportunity to produce fine cocoa to sell to national and international buyers.

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