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
- South Sudan
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.