Where We Work

TechnoServe’s origin traces back to the village of Adidome, Ghana. We have expanded through the years, but our focus remains on the developing world because that’s where we can make the greatest impact on global poverty. We work in poor communities in 29 countries throughout Africa, Latin America and Asia. 

Where We Work

On The Ground

Regional Projects

Pan-African Youth Entrepreneur Development (PAYED)

The Pan-African Youth Entrepreneur Development (PAYED) program will provide training and tailored advisory support 600 young entrepreneurs in Kenya, Nigeria, and Côte d’Ivoire to develop opportunities in the micro-retail sector.

Sustainable Supply Chains for Sorghum

In partnership with the Cargill Foundation, TechnoServe launched the IMPULSOR project in 2014. The IMPULSOR project is increasing productivity and competitiveness of Sorghum farms in Nicaragua, educating the participating farmers in agricultural and business best practices. The project is targeting 400 small farmers in Cargill’s sorghum supply chain.

Building Small Businesses in Concepción

In partnership with the National Service for Technical Cooperation of the Ministry of Economy (SERCOTEC), TechnoServe is implementing a program to support micro and small businesses with growth potential in Chile.

Access to Finance for Women Entrepreneurs in Bihar

TechnoServe is working with Goldman Sachs on a pilot project aimed at creating and improving Access to Finance (A2F) for small women entrepreneurs, engaged in agricultural and allied businesses in India.

Advancing Women’s Leadership in Indian Cotton

TechnoServe, in partnership with Visa Inc. and GAP is implementing a year-long program in Khargone and Bharwani districts of Madhya Pradesh to improve the livelihoods of rural families by advancing women’s leadership in cotton farming communities.

Increasing Economic Opportunity for Tomato and Rice Farmers in Nigeria

TechnoServe and Syngenta are partnering to increase the incomes of tomato and rice farmers in Nigeria by training them in best agricultural and post-harvest practices, and connecting them with the inputs and networks they need to make their farming businesses thrive.

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.

Increasing Sales for Micro-Enterprises in Zacatecas

Launched in August 2016, the Entrepreneurship and Business Development program, a partnership between Goldcorp and TechnoServe Mexico, is working to create inclusive economic growth in the communities surrounding the Goldcorp Minera Peñasquito (MP) mining operation in Zacatecas, Mexico.

TechnoServe Coalition for Smallholder Sourcing

The TechnoServe Coalition for Smallholder Sourcing is dedicated to generating evidence on innovations in smallholder sourcing that improve outcomes for farmers and companies, as well as promoting broad-based adoption of effective innovations.

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.

Strengthening Competitive Businesses in Benin

Launched in late 2014, TechnoServe is implementing a business plan competition program, with funding from the World Bank and working in conjunction with the Government of Benin, to create jobs by strengthening formal small and medium enterprises, with a focus on the high-potential industries of transportation, construction and agribusiness.

Financial Inclusion for Small Business Owners

Impulsa Tu Empresa (ITE) is the first successful financial inclusion intervention for low-income micro business owners in Chile. Funded by Metlife, the project is working to help micro business owners to improve their management and financial skills.

Accessing Clean Water and Economic Opportunity for Women

TechnoServe and Unilever are working in partnership to develop a new concept for sustainable water provision by piloting the concept of Sunlight Water Centers in eight peri-urban areas near Abuja.

Improving the Business Development Services Industry

Business development services play an important role in supporting entrepreneurship, which is critical to driving job creation and economic growth in Haiti. A partnership between TechnoServe, the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Haiti, and the Inter‐American Development Bank seeks to promote the growth of the business development services industry in the country.

Better Coffee Harvest

The Better Coffee Harvest (COSECHA) project is a four-year initiative funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the J.M. Smucker Company and the PIMCO Foundation to reduce poverty and increase farm sales for coffee farmers in El Salvador and Nicaragua.

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.

Empowering Youth Entrepreneurs in Latin America

Latin America's youth unemployment rate is nearly 30 percent. Youth face unique challenges in obtaining formal employment or becoming successful entrepreneurs. Crece Tu Empresa, TechnoServe's program in partnership with Citi Foundation is working to address the challenge of youth unemployment in Guatemala and El Salvador.

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.

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.

Expanding Opportunities Through Small Retailers in Nigeria

Substantial research highlights a critical need for business skills training among owners of "mom and pop" shops in urban areas. Launched in July 2015, the Digitizing Mom and Pop Shops program is a two-year partnership between Citi Foundation and TechnoServe to increase the financial return and growth of small retail shops in Abuja, Nigeria.

Kenya Market Assistance Program

The Kenya Market Assistance Program helps to promote employment and income generation in various market systems in Kenya by addressing key constraints to growth in these sectors. TechnoServe works to strengthen the dairy sector through improved breeding, feed, veterinary services and supply chain management.

East Africa Dairy Development

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.

The Haiti Hope Project

The Haiti Hope Project was a five-year, $9.5 million public-private partnership among businesses, multilateral development institutions, the U.S. Government and nonprofits, designed to create sustainable economic opportunities for Haitian mango farmers and their families.

Impulsa Tu Empresa

Impulsa Tu Empresa aims to help small and growing businesses boost their growth through mentoring and business training. Since its launch in 2012, the program has increased the sales of over 1,000 businesses by $38 million and generated 1,400 new jobs in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Burkina Faso.

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.

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.

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.

Blog Posts

December 5, 2017

“Just Get Up and Do Something”

Sarah LaFleur, a TechnoServe Fellow in South Africa who launched fashion startup MM.LaFleur, talks volunteering, fashion, and the power of entrepreneurship to change lives.

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November 30, 2017

The Millennial Employment Gap: Three Lessons Learned Supporting Young Entrepreneurs

In an op-ed for NextBillion, TechnoServe's Program Director for Central America Entrepreneurship discusses how to adapt curriculums and mentorship styles to help today's youth to understand and create better business futures.

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November 27, 2017

Reducing Food Loss & Waste

Kellogg Company and TechnoServe are partnering to fight food loss, from the farm to your refrigerator.

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