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
TechnoServe serves as the manager of the Technical Assistance Facility (TAF), which supports the African Agriculture Fund, a private equity fund, to address food security challenges across Africa. TAF provides technical assistance to small and growing businesses (SGBs) invested in by the African Agriculture Fund, and improves linkages between enterprises and smallholder outgrowers.
The Ghana Poultry Project (GPP) will increase the competitiveness of the domestic production and processing of poultry meat and eggs. The project will facilitate partnerships and access to finance, build capacity of producer and trade organizations and increase demand for domestically produced poultry meat and eggs.
Despite a high volume of of entrepreneurial activity, Ghana has a low rate of success in transforming small enterprises into larger, more productive companies, which can help to promote economic growth and create jobs. In 2013 with support from DFID, TechnoServe launched the Enhancing Growth in New Enterprises (ENGINE) project to support 1,000 small and growing businesses in Ghana over four and a half years.
With large rural populations in Africa, it can be difficult to reach farmers for training and traveling to training can be costly and time consuming for farmers. The Mobile Training Unit project is an innovative agricultural extension training approach, which allows for large groups of smallholder farmers to receive audio and visual training lessons in rural areas.
TechnoServe is helping farmers in marginalized areas of northern Ghana to earn more for their crops while ensuring a better food supply for the region. TechnoServe is training thousands of farmers to better grow peanuts, onions, corn and other staple crops, while also helping them access credit and markets.
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.
TechnoServe is helping 3,000 rural women in northern Ghana maximize their income potential through shea butter. The organization has helped women’s shea-producing and -processing groups upgrade their business skills, acquire financing, find new market opportunities and develop a culture of savings and investment.
TechnoServe is an implementing partner in the African Cashew Initiative, which works to improve the volume and value of cashews produced and processed in Africa. In Ghana, TechnoServe has provided four cashew processors with intensive technical assistance, helping create more than 1,000 jobs.