Projects

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

Strengthening African Processors of Fortified Foods

“Hidden hunger” is a form of undernutrition affecting millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa. Food fortification is a cost-effective strategy for addressing hidden hunger,helping people to access the nutrition they need. The Strengthening African Processors of Fortified Foods Project helps food companies in Africa to improve their capacity to produce and sell fortified foods for local markets.

Agribusiness

Solutions for African Food Enterprises

Solutions for African Food Enterprises (SAFE) is a multi-year program which aims to increase the competitiveness of the African food processing sector to expand availability of affordable and nutritious foods to local populations. The program builds upon a partnership with USAID, Partners in Food Solutions, and TechnoServe initiated in five countries.

Agribusiness

Coffee Initiative

The Coffee Initiative worked with local farmers in East Africa to improve agronomy and business practices, establish new coffee cooperatives and strengthen existing ones, and help cooperatives create business plans and access financing for wet mills.

Coffee

Project Nurture

A partnership with The Coca-Cola Company and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Project Nurture aimed 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 worked with farmers to identify new market opportunities, improve productivity and develop strong farmer business groups.

Fruits + Vegetables

Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise

TechnoServe is partnering with The MasterCard Foundation to help rural youth in East Africa transition to economic independence. The Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise (STRYDE) program delivers a comprehensive package of services including skills training, business development and mentoring to young people ages 18 to 30 in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

Small and Growing Businesses

Technical Assistance Facility

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.

Agribusiness

Connected Farmer Alliance

The Connected Farmer Alliance (CFA) is a public-private partnership that seeks to promote commercially sustainable mobile agriculture solutions and increase productivity and revenues for 500,000 smallholder farmers across Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique. The program also aims to increase revenues for agribusinesses and agricultural value chain service providers.

Agribusiness

Innovations in Outcome Measurement

In partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, TechnoServe’s Innovations in Outcome Measurement (IOM) project aims to identify breakthrough innovations capable of transforming agriculture and to develop a framework for scaling these innovations for business use.

Agribusiness

Mobile Training for Rural Farmers

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.

Agribusiness

Improving Potato and Tomato Yields in Kenya

TechnoServe, in partnership with Syngenta, is working to increase productivity and improve the market for these crops through Mavuno Zaidi. The project aims to improve the incomes of 15,000 smallholder potato and tomato farmers in the Rift Valley and Eastern Kenya through improved input use, adoption of good agricultural practices and improved market access.

Fruits + Vegetables

Reducing Losses in the Mango Value Chain

Post-harvest losses in the value chain reduce incomes for mango farmers in Kenya. TechnoServe in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation launched a pilot project in July of 2015 to address key areas where post-harvest losses can be reduced, increasing incomes for farmers and the sustainability of the mango value chain in the Kenyan market.

Fruits + Vegetables

Smart Duka: Empowering Shopkeepers in Nairobi

"Mom and pop” shops play a critical role in developing economies around the world. In partnership with the elea Foundation and Citi Foundation, TechnoServe is working to increase the profitability of 840 high-potential shops in Nairobi, the majority of which are women-operated or women-owned.

Small and Growing Businesses