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
Ganadería Empresarial (GANE) seeks to improve the livelihoods of smallholder livestock producers in Nicaragua. With support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, TechnoServe is helping 4,000 farmers increase productivity, strengthen producer organizations and connect to higher-value markets.
The three-year Sustainable Agricultural Improvement project (Mejoramiento Agrícola Sostenible, or MAS, in Spanish) targets small and medium-scale coffee and bean farmers in the central region of Honduras. Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food for Progress program, the project supports the Honduran government's national development plan and agriculture sector strategy.
Much of northern Uganda was scarred by two decades of attacks from the Lord’s Resistance Army. Civilians who had fled to camps for internally displaced persons have now returned to their farms to rebuild their livelihoods. TechnoServe is working in Lamwo District, bordering South Sudan, to address various post-conflict challenges.
In order to improve the income of 4,000 rural smallholder producers through increased production and marketing, TechnoServe is implementing Ganadería Empresarial (GANE), a Nicaraguan livestock initiative. GANE will position Nicaragua’s livestock industry to compete on a global scale.
TechnoServe worked with various cocoa and coffee industry stakeholders to help Honduran farmers and processors cater to the growing worldwide demand for specialty coffee and fine cocoa. TechnoServe-led technical and business training helped farmer cooperatives improve their crop quality and market access, generating higher incomes and creating many new jobs.
Building on a model that has been successfully implemented in other countries in Central America, TechnoServe and its local partners ran a periodic business plan competition, Idea Tu Empresa, in Honduras to help entrepreneurs turn their good ideas into thriving businesses. Eight winners received cash prizes to implement and grow their businesses.
Approximately 98,000 Garífuna people live in Honduras, mostly concentrated on the North Coast. TechnoServe provided technical and business development assistance to 1groups of Garifuna women, representing 300 members, to improve cassava productivity and processing.
In Intibucá, TechnoServe helped a group of indigenous women of Lenca ethnicity cultivate and sell ornamental flowers through the Floricultura El Clavel cooperative. Between 2009-2012, the 12 members of the cooperative learned crucial business skills and agronomic practices, and accessed funding and a growing market.
TechnoServe is currently executing a $10 million U.S. Department of Agriculture Food for Progress project to increase agricultural productivity and expand trade in bean and specialty coffee for 27,000 smallholder farmers in the departments of Yoro, Comayagua, Olancho, Francisco Morazán and El Paraíso.
TechnoServe helped small businesses export ethnic products to the sizable market of Salvadorans living in the United States. We worked with nine companies to improve their production, processing and export of traditional products such as pastries, frozen fruits, cheeses and other food items.
The cashew processing industry was TechnoServe´s first success story in Mozambique. Since 2002, Mozambique has gone from exporting no kernel to becoming the second largest processor in East and Southern Africa and the eighth-largest processor in the world.