Resource-rich Ghana ranks among the United States' top trading partners in sub-Saharan Africa, and boasts one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Yet more than half of its population still struggles to survive on subsistence farming, and unemployment remains high.

TechnoServe is addressing these challenges by helping smallholder farmers improve the quality and quantity of their crops, linking them to more lucrative markets and training them in business skills. TechnoServe also helps businesses in key industries become more efficient and competitive, in turn increasing local employment and contributing to diversified economic growth. Through a national business plan competition, we mentor aspiring entrepreneurs across a range of sectors, helping them develop and finance their business ideas.

On The Ground



Technical Assistance Facility

Access to finance is an obstacle to entrepreneurship, particularly in the agricultural sector in Africa. The African Agriculture Fund (AAF), a private equity fund, was created to help increase investment in agriculture and agribusiness in the region with the ultimate objective of increasing food security. TechnoServe serves as the implementing agency of the Technical Assistance Facility (TAF), which provides technical assistance to the portfolio companies invested in by the AAF. The TAF is funded primarily by the European Union and managed by IFAD. As of 2016 the TAF has funded 32 projects with 10 portfolio companies across Africa and supported five SMEs with their growth strategies. TAF has committed €3.6m and has €3.4m remaining for projects in the pipeline.
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Mobile Training for Rural Farmers

With large rural populations in Africa, it can be difficult to reach farmers for training and traveling to training can be costly and time consuming for farmers.The Mobile Training Unit project is an innovative agricultural extension training approach, which allows for large groups of smallholder farmers to receive audio and visual training lessons in rural areas. With funding from the John Deere Foundation, the second phase of the program builds upon impressive results from the first phase including 72 percent increase in knowledge among farmers and 65 percent of farmers adopting some of the practices. The first phase exceeded its targets of training farmers significantly in both countries.


John Deere


Ghana, Kenya

Enhancing Food and Income Security

TechnoServe is helping farmers in marginalized areas of northern Ghana to earn more for their crops while ensuring a better food supply for the region. TechnoServe is training thousands of farmers to better grow peanuts, onions, corn and other staple crops, while also helping them access credit and markets. We are also helping several rice businesses to boost productivity and introduce value-added processing in order to meet local market demands and reduce dependence on imported rice.



Making Cocoa More Profitable

Ghana is one of the world's top producers of cocoa, a highly-demanded export crop grown by an estimated 700,000 farmers. TechnoServe trains cocoa farmer groups to operate as businesses and optimize their productivity so that the farmers can triple their incomes. Trainings on best farming practices have helped some producers quadruple their yields.



Raising Women’s Incomes through Shea Butter

TechnoServe is helping 3,000 rural women in northern Ghana maximize their income potential through shea butter. The organization has helped women’s shea-producing and -processing groups upgrade their business skills, acquire financing, find new market opportunities and develop a culture of savings and investment. In 2012, TechnoServe worked with more than 1,000 women, who increased their income through shea butter nearly fivefold within a year.



Growing the Cashew Industry

TechnoServe is an implementing partner in the African Cashew Initiative, which works to improve the volume and value of cashews produced and processed in Africa. TechnoServe’s role focuses on assisting cashew processing facilities, which create much-needed employment for women in rural areas. In Ghana, TechnoServe has provided four cashew processors with intensive technical assistance, helping create more than 1,000 jobs and purchasing from nearly 6,000 cashew farmers in 2012.



Blog Posts

April 26, 2016

Agribusiness Provides a Path to Youth Employment in Africa

Young entrepreneurs like Audrey Allotey are starting and growing food businesses that provide key products and create jobs in their communities.

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October 29, 2015

Q&A: The Role of Agribusiness in Youth Unemployment

Rural development expert Cleopatra Ngulube explores the role of agribusiness in addressing youth unemployment.

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June 25, 2015

Designing Programs that Work in Diverse Settings

The Mobile Training Program demonstrates how innovative projects can be adapted to achieve success in different contexts and geographies.

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TechnoServe Ghana

77 Osu Badu Street, West Airport
P.O. Box 135
Accra, Ghana

Tel: +233 302 773 873
Fax: +223 302 773 875

Baba Adongo

Acting Country Director