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
Empowering Urban Women Entrepreneurs
Directly from the Smallholder to the Shelf
In 2012, TechnoServe and Massmart Walmart launched a direct farm program which aims to put locally produced small-scale farmers’ produce on the shelves of Massmart. TechnoServe’s role involves training, mentoring, technical assistance and establishing links to both finance and retail markets for the farmers.
The program started as a twelve-month pilot with eight farmers in Limpopo in order to test and modify the underlying assumptions contained in the smallholder blueprint strategy and ensure the scalability of the direct farm program for smallholder farmers.
Since launch, several hundred tons of produce have been delivered and sold. The success of this project has led to a continued partnership with Massmart in which TechnoServe is working with approximately 87 new smallholder farmers.
Promoting Sustainability in Agricultural Value Chains
June 15, 2016
Earlier this month, a U.S. Congressional delegation visited TechnoServe and Citi Foundation’s Box Shop program in Soweto, South Africa.
March 16, 2016
TechnoServe and Kellogg Company are partnering to help build female farmers’ resilience to climate change in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.
October 29, 2015
Rural development expert Cleopatra Ngulube explores the role of agribusiness in addressing youth unemployment.
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