Since 2009, TechnoServe has executed three business plan competitions that have supported young entrepreneurs to launch or grow 149 businesses that have created approximately 997 jobs. It has linked over 3,000 smallholder cocoa farmers to yield doubling inputs, and bolstered the cashew processing industry to generate $5 million in new revenues for smallholder growers.
On The Ground
Technical Assistance Facility
PartnersAfrican Agriculture Fund, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, European Commission, International Fund for Agricultural Development, Italian Development Cooperation
Supporting the Cashew Sector
TechnoServe is working with the German Agency for International Cooperation and Development (GIZ) under the African Cashew Initiative (ACI) project to strengthen and expand the cashew processing industry in Cote d’Ivoire. As a result of TechnoServe’s work between 2009 and 2012, ACI processors have sustained over 3,500 jobs, generated over $5 million in wages and have sold an additional 4,100 metric tons of kernel worth over $33.5 million. ACI is a multi-year program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development to strengthen the competitiveness of cashew value chains in Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana Benin, Burkina Faso and Mozambique. ACI aims to improve the livelihoods of cashew communities in target countries by helping farmers to increase their incomes and helping processors to increase the volumes of raw cashew nuts processed, thereby increasing the number of jobs in these communities.
In 2013, TechnoServe signed a contract with the United Nations for Industrial Development (UNIDO) to improve the competitiveness of the cashew sector and facilitate its access to export markets in Côte d'Ivoire. The specific purpose of the mission is (i) to improve the productivity of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and cooperatives and (ii) initiate the process of establishing a quality label "cashew kernel of Côte d'Ivoire". The beneficiaries are members of a consortium export and all SMEs and cooperatives processing cashew.
PartnersBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Improving Livelihoods through Cocoa
TechnoServe is a key implementer in the Cocoa Livelihoods Program (CLP), which seeks to double the incomes of one third of West African cocoa farming households within 10 years. Agricultural inputs, especially fertilizers, which can double cocoa farmers’ yields, will play a critical role. Since 2009, TechnoServe has trained nearly 5,000 Ivoirian farmers on input application and credit management. By brokering innovative risk sharing agreements between cocoa exporters, input suppliers and lenders, TechnoServe has facilitated credit for nearly 4,600 Ivoirian cocoa farmers who have maintained an impressive 100% repayment rate, even during the political crisis.
From 2012 to 2013, TechnoServe scaled the credit scheme significantly in Côte d’Ivoire – nearly quadrupling the value of credit disbursed, doubling the number of participating cooperatives and increasing the percentage of borrowers receiving fertilizers from three percent in 2012 to 32 percent in 2013. TechnoServe also completed the integration of microfinance partner, Advans Cote d’Ivoire, into the credit system in 2013 and secured refinancing from Kiva. TechnoServe has continued to scale the CLP credit scheme in Ghana, where it has facilitated input credit to over 5,300 cocoa farmers over the life of the program. This brings the total farmers receiving credit over the life of the CLP to nearly 10,000.
Improving Cocoa Productivity and Food Security
Training Cocoa Cooperative Executives
September 28, 2012
In Divo, Côte d’Ivoire, cocoa is critical to the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. TechnoServe is helping farmers to realize the full value of their crops.
September 13, 2012
In his first overseas trip as World Bank Group president, Jim Yong Kim visited Côte d’Ivoire and South Africa last week. During his time in Côte d’Ivoire, Kim visited a youth training center, where he met a group of young entrepreneurs who are receiving training through a TechnoServe business plan competition.
July 13, 2012
Workers at the Agri-Business Company cashew factory in Touba, Côte d'Ivoire, shell cashew nuts. TechnoServe provides technical assistance to the factory as part of the African Cashew Initiative (ACi), which aims to help 150,000 small-scale farmers generate an additional $15 million in income each year.
Désiré D. Bankole