Since 2009, TechnoServe has executed three business plan competitions that have supported young entrepreneurs to launch or grow 55 businesses and create nearly 500 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
PartnersBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Improving Livelihoods through Cocoa
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