Projects

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

Ganadería Empresarial

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.

Livestock

Sustainable Agricultural Improvement

The three-year Sustainable Agricultural Improvement (Mejoramiento Agrícola Sostenible, or MAS, in Spanish) Project targets small-scale coffee and bean farmers in the central region of Honduras through funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food for Progress program,

Agribusiness

Developing Smallholder Poultry Agribusiness

The Smallholder Poultry Agribusiness Development (SPADE) initiative aims to sustainably improve the livelihoods of 12,000 smallholder poultry producers of indigenous chicken.

Livestock

Agricultural Revitalization in Post-Conflict Areas

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.

Agribusiness

Improving Livestock Livelihoods

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.

Livestock

Promoting Specialty Coffee and Cocoa

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.

Beverage + Confection

Building Strong Businesses

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.

Enterprise Development

Enhancing Entrepreneurship of Garifuna Women

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.

Roots + Tubers

Supporting Women Entrepreneurs

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.

Other Plants

Developing Agribusiness in Honduras

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.

Agribusiness

New Markets for Ethnic Products

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.

Enterprise Development

Transforming the Cashew Industry

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.

Nuts