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. 

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Where We Work

On The Ground

Regional Projects

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. The project began in 2014, funded by MetLife Foundation, helps micro business owners to improve their business.

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

The Solutions for African Food Enterprises (SAFE) program aims to increase the competitiveness of the African food processing sector and to expand the availability of affordable and nutritious food to local populations. The program continues a partnership with USAID, Partners in Food Solutions and TechnoServe to scale and refine the model built under AAIFP.

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.

Partners in Food Solutions-TechnoServe Alliance

The Partners in Food Solutions (PFS)-TechnoServe Alliance matches the expertise of leading global food companies with the needs of African-based food processing companies in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia.

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 more than 850 small and growing businesses boost their growth. Through mentoring and business training, the program aims to increase sales by $25 million and generate 750 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 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.

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

November 29, 2016

Women-Owned Businesses Provide Clean Water in Nigeria

An innovative retail model is allowing women business leaders like Charity Dangana to sell safe and affordable water in their communities.

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November 22, 2016

A New Look at the Cashew

Innovations in the cashew value chain provide women the opportunity to become leaders in their families and communities.

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November 18, 2016

Three Ways to Empower Women Entrepreneurs

With the right kind of support, women entrepreneurs can unlock the potential to transform their livelihoods, their families and their community.

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