Geister Cachique has doubled his cocoa productivity since participating in TechnoServe trainings.Read More
In 2012, TechnoServe worked with more than 7,000 farmers and 49 enterprises, generating $770,000 in additional income.
In the Peruvian Amazon, TechnoServe is helping a rural entrepreneur grow her business nationally and expand into new markets.Read More
Through participation in TechnoServe/Peru’s business plan competition, three entrepreneurs have developed a product which benefits both the producers and buyers of animal feed.Read More
On The Ground
Promoting Economic Development in San Martín, Huanuco and Ucayali
The Economic Development Alliance for San Martín aims to accelerate the transition of the San Martín region of Peru into a sustainable, legal and prosperous economy, increasing employment and incomes while promoting good stewardship of natural resources. In partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other public and private partners, the program promotes good agricultural practices among cocoa and coffee growers in the region. TechnoServe will help develop these industries and link farmers to better-paying markets. The program also includes a business plan competition that will identify high-potential entrepreneurs who can develop successful businesses related to cocoa and coffee.
After three years of successful execution, the program has extended its area of focus to the Huanuco and Ucayali regions. In partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the PIMCO Foundation, the Peru Opportunity Fund and other public and private partners, the program promotes good agricultural practices among cocoa and coffee growers in the region. TechnoServe is helping develop these industries and organizing farmers to access better paying markets. The program also includes a business accelerator that identifies entrepreneurs who can develop successful businesses related to cocoa and coffee.
Strengthening Capacity for Exports
Strengthening Small and Medium Enterprises
TechnoServe aims to support the sustainable development of the Moquegua region, an area that is expected to grow significantly with the expansion of the mining sector. The current project, executed in partnership with USAID’s Farmer to Farmer program and with Anglo American, aims to strengthen two Chambers of Commerce in order to foster a strong network of local businesses and provide mentorship to local enterprises that have potential to become suppliers to the mining companies.
TechnoServe led a strategic planning process for the two Chambers of Commerce, focused on growth and new service development. Upon finalizing the design phase, TechnoServe is providing accompaniment and strategic advisory to the Chambers. After seven months of implementation, leveraging their strengthened value proposition, the Chambers have quickly expanded their member base by 40 percent. Meanwhile, 19 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have been selected for advisory and after six months they have signed contracts with 10 new clients and increased sales by 10 percent.
Building New and Better Businesses
February 13, 2014
TechnoServe’s Simon Winter visits Peru and discovers a burgeoning cocoa industry.
September 13, 2013
For Geister Cachique and other farmers in Las Mercedes, cocoa represents a prosperous and sustainable future.
June 28, 2013
Farmers in Peru are learning improved practices and earning higher prices for their cocoa.
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