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.
Ghana's horticulture sector is rapidly expanding, thanks to a national push to promote non-traditional farm exports. TechnoServe is helping entrepreneurs build businesses that capitalize on these opportunities, for example selling high-value exports such as pineapple, papaya and mango.
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.
TechnoServe has developed projects for several mining companies to catalyze economic development in the communities where they operate. This includes building the capacity of local businesses to supply goods and services to mining operations and encouraging a diversified local economy by providing business training to enterprises unrelated to the mining industry.
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.
TechnoServe helps aspiring entrepreneurs turn their ideas into sustainable businesses through Believe Begin Become (BBB), a national business plan competition. BBB winners receive business training and seed capital to help them create thriving new enterprises that generate much needed jobs in various sectors.