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
The Haiti Hope Project was a five-year, $9.5 million public-private partnership among businesses, multilateral development institutions, the U.S. Government and nonprofits, designed to create sustainable economic opportunities for Haitian mango farmers and their families.
A partnership with The Coca-Cola Company and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Project Nurture aims to help more than 50,000 small-scale mango and passion fruit farmers in Kenya and Uganda double their fruit incomes. TechnoServe and its partners are working with farmers to identify new market opportunities, improve productivity and develop strong farmer business groups.
TechnoServe’s two-year pilot project in Southern Bahia State helped 60 smallholder farmers to diversify their crops and integrate into the value chain of a leading national agro-processing company, Inaceres. Through an innovative partnership with Inaceres and Institute Ventura, TechnoServe identified a market for hearts of palm, a high-value gourmet delicacy in Brazil.
Despite Orissa’s rich natural resources and strong horticultural sector, more than 35 percent of produce is wasted due to poor infrastructure and lack of processing facilities. TechnoServe is conducting strategic research to assess the viability of a projected mango processing hub, as well as creating a detailed business and implementation plan.
TechnoServe has developed an innovative model enabling vegetable farmers to sell directly to large retailers. So far, over 10,000 smallholder farmers have received training to improve the yield and quality of their fruit and vegetable crops.
TechnoServe is currently implementing a one-year pilot, the Icyerekezo Project, to address farmer associations’ pineapple production challenges in the Rwamagana district. The project targets approximately 60 genocide and/or HIV positive orphan farmers, ages 15 to 25, involved in pineapple production.
TechnoServe determined early on that Mozambique had the potential to become a major supplier of tropical fruit to world markets and in particular to the Middle East. Our research indicates Mozambique could cultivate more than 30,000 hectares of bananas within the next 15 years, creating approximately 90,000 jobs.
Since 2011, TechnoServe has been integrating hundreds of smallholder farmers from various geographies in Mexico into the value chain of an international retail chain. This established, direct commercial link enables small-scale producers to have a more reliable channel for their crops and ultimately improve their incomes.