India

Overview

India’s economy has experienced tremendous growth in urban industries such as services and information technology. However, more than 300 million Indians continue to live in poverty and of these, 75 percent live in rural areas. More than two-thirds of the population depends on agriculture—mostly at a small-scale or subsistence level—for their livelihoods.

TechnoServe works with women and men across rural India to:

Strengthen value chains: We work closely with smallholder farmers to enable them to grow high-value products, engage with private-sector companies and sell in profitable markets.

Foster entrepreneurship in poor communities: We provide business training and skills development support to women and men who want to create thriving, sustainable enterprises.

Support sustainable local economic development: Our market-led approach increases incomes for target groups, while also catalyzing economic and social development for the whole community.

Promote gender-inclusive communities: We integrate a gender lens throughout our programs and provide tailored support for women to expand their opportunities for sustainable livelihoods.

Impact

In 2012, TechnoServe provided agronomic training and business and marketing support to more than 10,000 farmers and farm workers—45 percent of whom are women—across 17 states in India. We developed innovative ways to help farmers adapt to climate change and water scarcity, and supported 25 entrepreneurs to grow strong businesses that will improve local economies.

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On The Ground

Projects

 

Catalyzing Local Economic Development in Barmer

Barmer District lies in Rajasthan's Thar Desert, a remote and semi-arid region with few livelihood opportunities. TechnoServe is implementing an integrated social and economic development program that will raise incomes for 10,000 households across Barmer. Over five years, the program will build rural enterprises and human resources, improve natural resource management, and increase agricultural incomes by introducing new crops and building sustainable market linkages.

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Strengthening Agribusinesses in Maharashtra

As part of the Maharashtra Agricultural Competitiveness Project (MACP), an initiative funded by the World Bank, TechnoServe is working across 33 districts in the state to identify and analyze the agribusiness needs of all major crop supply chains, assess operational efficacy of existing agribusinesses and recommend sustainable business models for the Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA).

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Moving Farmer Producer Organizations towards Sustainability

Farmer producer organizations (FPOs) exist to provide smallholder farmers better access to new agricultural technologies and well-coordinated value chains. Although FPOs are widespread in India, many depend on government and NGO support and find it difficult to continue operations when these entities withdraw. In Orissa, TechnoServe is working to strengthen three farmer cooperatives, developing comprehensive business plans and growth opportunities to ensure their sustainability.

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Expanding Market Opportunities for Smallholder Vegetable Farmers

TechnoServe, in partnership with a leading global retain chain, has developed an innovative model enabling vegetable farmers to sell directly to large retailers. Training and collection centers are managed by lead farmers and provide a channel for farmer training and direct procurement. So far, over 10,000 smallholder fruit and vegetable farmers have received training to improve their yield and quality, of which 50 percent are women.

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Boosting Incomes for Soy Farmers

Soybean farmers in the desert state of Rajasthan have far lower productivity than in other regions of the world. TechnoServe supported 5,000 smallholder soybean farmers to realize their potential, improving productivity and developing linkages to better markets. Our teams provided training on scientific and up-to-date cultivation practices, helping farmers produce more for smaller investments and connecting them to better markets. During the three years of this program, 5,000 smallholder farmers benefited from training and agricultural inputs, 70 percent farmers achieved a yield increase of more than 50 percent and average income for participants grew by Rs 9,500 ($175) per hectare.

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SRIJAN

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Supporting the Development of Farmer Producer Organizations

TechnoServe is working with Dutch development agency HIVOS to support legally constituted Farmer Producer Companies (FPCs), which combine the social objectives of cooperatives with the commercial goals of enterprises. Through FPCs, producers can invest in inputs and post-harvest management or processing together, thereby increasing farmers’ bargaining power in produce markets as well as formal banking.

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HIVOS

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Business Planning Support for Farmer Producer Companies

Friends of Women’s World Banking India contracted TechnoServe to train the sector management of three gender-inclusive Farmer Producer Companies (FPCs). The program team conducted business plan training on areas such as operations and human resources strategy, supported the FPCs in goal setting and identifying key revenue and cost drivers, and trained FPCs to prepare financial statements and forecasts.

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Expanding Opportunities for Farmers in North East India

Over two years, TechnoServe worked to strengthen agricultural value chains across India’s North Eastern states, promoting aggregation and effective post-harvest management to benefit smallholder farmers. The work involved identifying crops suitable for aggregation and value chain interventions, supporting smallholder farmers working in these crops to form clusters and farmer groups, and training and support on agricultural practices, business planning and marketing. TechnoServe also arranged sustainable market linkages for participating farmers, enabling them to buy inputs cheaply and sell their crop at the best possible price. Over the course of the project, 1,000 farmers benefited from increases in productivity and market understanding, as well as an improved agribusiness environment.

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Economic Development of Tibetan Settlements

The Economic Development of Tibetan Settlements (EDOTS) program is creating sustainable livelihood opportunities for Tibetans in exile in India and Nepal. Through scalable models of improved organic farming, workforce development and entrepreneurship support, the project aims to reduce out-migration from Tibetan settlements and preserve Tibetan culture. Over two years, we are promoting organic farming commercially and for households, using innovative methods such as WADI plantations, improving organic produce supply chains and supporting micro-enterprises to participate in these supply chains, providing intensive business support and mentoring for 40 Tibetan entrepreneurs, and running employability and skills training for 570 young Tibetans, thereby helping them to find meaningful and well-paid work.

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Promoting Sustainable Livestock Development Centers

BAIF Development Research Foundation has pioneered a unique doorstep delivery model of providing breeding services (artificial insemination) to cattle owners, through its Cattle Development Centers (CDCs). TechnoServe carried out research and business strategy planning, assisting BAIF to scale up from 1,700 to 3,000 CDCs across Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra states. We also developed customized business plans for 170 specific centers, assisting them to achieve financial sustainability and ensuring that poor farmers, especially women, were able to benefit from their services. Overall, the centers are expected to reach 86,000 poor farmers over five years, increasing their incomes by Rs 8,000 ($148) per animal.

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Promoting Rice Water-Use Efficiency Technologies

Rice is one of India’s most important crops, yet rice cultivation is water intensive and greatly reduces already limited water resources. In partnership with IFC Advisory, TechnoServe devised an innovative business model to provide farmers with Water Use Efficiency (WUE) technologies in a sustainable manner. Our Agri-Tech Service Provider (ATSP) model trained local entrepreneurs in new WUE machinery and in business planning, supporting them to provide over 900 rice farmers with Direct Seeded Rice services and laser leveling. Participating farmers saw cost reductions and in some cases improved yield. The team delivered a business model and strategic roadmap for establishing more ATSPs throughout the region.

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Analyzing Agribusiness in South Asia

Agribusiness faces many challenges in India, including poor market infrastructure for processing, distribution, and quality control. TechnoServe carried out an India-wide mapping and analysis of the agribusiness sector. The team delivered insights to inform IFC Advisory’s South Asia Agribusiness Strategy and identified investment opportunities in India.

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Cashew Nut Value Chain in Maharashtra

India is the largest producer in the fast-growing global industry of raw cashews. In Maharashtra, India’s top-producing state, TechnoServe identified opportunities to strengthen the cashew value chain at every stage, including cultivators, processors and wholesalers. TechnoServe is currently engaged in the development and implementation of a three-year, comprehensive agronomic improvement program for cashew farmers in the Ratnagiri region.

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Studying the Rice Value Chain

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are focusing on rice as a key crop in their fight to improve nutrition and increase smallholder farmer incomes. TechnoServe worked with the Gates Foundation to analyze the rice sector throughout India and Bangladesh, providing detailed studies of the rice value chains in selected states and identifying potential regions, partners and intervention models for future interventions on a large scale across India and Bangladesh.

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Assessing the Viability of a Mango Processing Hub

Despite Orissa’s rich natural resources and strong horticultural sector, more than 35 percent of produce is wasted due to poor infrastructure and lack of processing facilities. TechnoServe conducted strategic research to assess the viability of a mango-processing hub and created a detailed business and implementation plan. If taken forward, the processing unit will improve the supply chain, create employment opportunities, and promote Orissa’s development into one of the country’s leading mango-producing regions.

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Supporting Organic Production through a Business Cell

Organic production has been a priority in the northern state of Uttarakhand. However, little value addition or processing happens within the state. TechnoServe is establishing a Business Development Cell as part of the Uttarakhand Organic Commodities Board, supporting private enterprises throughout the organic supply chain. The Business Cell will carry out a value chain analysis of the organic sector, provide intensive business support and training to entrepreneurs in the organic sector and build an enabling business environment, strengthening relationships between stakeholders from producers and processors to banks and government officials.

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GIZ-RED

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Social Enterprise Business Plan Competition

TechnoServe conducted Enrich Engage Enable, a business plan competition for social enterprises in five districts of northern Karnataka. From 79 contestants working in diverse industries, the program shortlisted 30 entrepreneurs, each of whom subsequently received 200 hours of business training and mentorship from established entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and industry leaders. The training program supported them to develop growth strategies and to refine their business plans for final pitch to the judges. At the end of the competition, five winners each received seed funding of $5,000 and vouchers for business services worth $5,000.

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Identifying Coconut Water Opportunities

Beverage brand Vita Coco contracted TechnoServe to evaluate the coconut industry in India and to advise the company on an implementation plan to source from Indian producers. Based on our research in four southern states, TechnoServe compiled a report that highlights potential challenges to export operations, describes key industry stakeholders with regards to production, processing, marketing and distribution, and identifies potential local partners for Vita Coco.

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Vita Coco

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Blog Posts

March 27, 2014

Photo of the Week: Improving Soy Harvests in India

With TechnoServe's support, soy farmers in Rajasthan are boosting their yields and building a better future.

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February 25, 2014

7 Faces of Tibetan Entrepreneurship

With TechnoServe’s support, enterprising Tibetans in India are building sustainable businesses and generating new economic opportunities.

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December 16, 2013

9 Stories That Inspired Us in 2013

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Contact

TechnoServe India

Unit 6, Neeru Silk Mills,
Mathuradas Mill Compound
126, NM Joshi Marg
Lower Parel (W)
Mumbai 400013

Tel: +91 22 61283200

Punit Gupta

Country Director
infoindia@tns.org