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TechnoServe is currently working with approximately 300 high-growth smallholder farmers across six programs in six South African provinces. By 2015, this number will increase to 1500 farmers, affording us the opportunity to make a significant impact in economic development and job creation. In addition, our growing number of entrepreneurial programs have assisted over 500 entrepreneurs to date.
On The Ground
Promoting Sustainability in Agricultural Value Chains
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.
Creating Support Systems for Emerging Farmers
TechnoServe’s effort to sustainably improve the livelihood of an increasing number of emerging black farmers in SA requires interventions to ensure our programs are able to reach scale. In this program, we have partnered with Ford Foundation to address three fundamental shortcomings that limit scale. This program involves interventions to achieve three major goals:
1. Consolidate the current TechnoServe development model in Mpumalanga
2. Create an enabling environment nationwide
3. Develop and implement a sound monitoring and evaluation system
We have developed and are implementing a highly successful market/packhouse/distribution center strategy to support emerging farmers. In addition, an application to support the monitoring and evaluation system went live in Q2 2013.
Diversifying Incomes and Deepening our Impact
Accelerating Agribusinesses in the North West
TechnoServe is working with farmers in the Bojanala region of the North West province to help them to realize their potential, accelerate growth and contribute to the improvement of their communities. With funding from ABSA, TechnoServe selected 15 farming entities to partake in a holistic farm business development initiative. Technical expertise and business linkages have been developed to assist these farmers. Business plans with precise objectives have also been developed for each of the farming businesses.
TechnoServe has entered into a contract with a local packhouse which supplies fresh produce to several of the commercial airlines and has provided a secure market to many of the farmers in the program. The project’s success and impact has resulted in more funds being committed by ABSA in order to expand the program into Limpopo, Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga.
Making an Impact in KwaZulu Natal
KwaZulu Natal has vast areas of high quality agricultural land and is one of SA’s best watered provinces, but maintains high levels of unemployment. This led the KwaZulu Natal Department of Agriculture and Environment (KZNDAE) to partner with TechnoServe to facilitate the utilization of the province’s available resources in order to encourage the development of competent and sustainable smallholder farmers.
The KZNDAE and TechnoServe partnership has provided farmers with access to business advisors, horticulture mentorship, market facilitation and ongoing business development services. Farmers in the Jozini areas have been successfully supplying produce to Massmart and we have started working with farmers in the Vulamehlo and Midlands regions.
Moving Forward with Standard Bank
Supporting Standard Bank to Grow Small Businesses
Incubating to Create Employment
Empowering Urban Women Entrepreneurs
Contributing to Poultry Thinking in SA
July 11, 2014
A tomato farmer in South Africa builds a sustainable business with TechnoServe’s assistance.
May 25, 2012
Mandla Nkomo, program manager for agribusiness and food security in South Africa, appeared on Closing Bell Africa to discuss how TechnoServe's work is helping smallholder farmers to improve their productivity, connect to better markets and increase their food security. Watch the video from ABN Digital.
November 14, 2011
Today marks the launch of Global Entrepreneurship Week, a celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.
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