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
With support from luxury clothing brand Edun, TechnoServe is helping 8,500 smallholder cotton farmers in northern Uganda rebuild their livelihoods and recover from a destructive civil war. The Conservation Cotton Initiative (CCI) aims to improve farmers’ cotton incomes by encouraging the adoption of better agronomic and post-harvest practices.
Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented in partnership with Heifer International, the East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) program is designed to boost the milk yields and incomes of small-scale farmers so they can lift their families and communities out of poverty.
A partnership with The Coca-Cola Company and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Project Nurture aims 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 are working with farmers to identify new market opportunities, improve productivity and develop strong farmer business groups.
TechnoServe is partnering with The MasterCard Foundation to help rural young women and men 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.
A nine-month pilot project funded by the Forward Foundation aims to provide 30 vulnerable young women ages 18 to 24 with the necessary skills and resources to start their own businesses or obtain paid employment. The project will link these young women to successful businesswomen identified from the Women Mean Business program.
Women Mean Business (WMB) supports women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, compete more effectively, and increase women’s incomes. In the Kampala area, 55 percent of small and growing businesses are owned or managed by women; however many lack management skills and face high competition.
TechnoServe is supporting the grain and cereals value chain in northern Uganda through our work with World Food Programme (WFP) collection centers. WFP centers have great potential to improve the grain and cereal marketing infrastructure in this post-conflict environment; however, they are currently being utilized at only 10 to 20 percent capacity.
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.