Uganda’s abundant natural resources, tropical climate, rich soils and well-distributed rainfall provide an ideal environment for its agricultural sector, which employs 80 percent of the country’s workforce.

The country’s hospitable environment also makes two cropping seasons per year possible for most staple food crops. Although subsistence farming currently dominates agriculture in Uganda, the sector still has great potential to drive major economic growth and lift millions of people out of poverty.

On The Ground



East Africa Dairy Development

The East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) program is designed to boost the milk yields and incomes of small-scale farmers so they can lift their families and communities out of poverty. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented in partnership with Heifer International, the second phase of EADD aims to help 136,000 smallholder farming families in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania sustainably improve their livelihoods by 2018, while stimulating income growth for an additional 400,000 secondary beneficiaries.
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Project Nurture

A partnership with The Coca-Cola Company and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Project Nurture aimed to help more than 50,000 small-scale mango and passion fruit farmers in Kenya and Uganda double their fruit incomes. TechnoServe and its partners worked with farmers to identify new market opportunities, improve productivity and develop strong farmer business groups.


Kenya, Uganda
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Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise

TechnoServe is partnering with The MasterCard Foundation to help rural young people ages 18 to 30 in East Africa transition to economic independence.
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Conservation Cotton Initiative

With support from luxury clothing brand Edun, TechnoServe launched the Conservation Cotton Initiative in 2011. The first phase of the program benefitted an estimated 59,745 people from 2011 to 2013 and managed to establish 150 producer business groups to better link farmers to markets. Farmers saw an increase in net income of 132 percent. Building on the success of the first phase of the program, phase two was launched in 2014 with support from EDUN, SIDA and the Rabobank Foundation. The second phase of the program holistically addresses market system constraints in cotton and rotational crop value chains via technical and business skill training, access to finance, input service and market linkage strengthening– with a stronger focus on improving women's economic empowerment and embedding sustainability for business service providers and producer business groups.



Girls’ Apprenticeship Program

In Uganda women make up three out of every five people who are unemployed, and urban youth are particularly disadvantaged. In partnership with Citi Foundation, TechnoServe implemented a year-long program to address employability issues facing young women in the Kampala area. The Girl's Apprenticeship Program (GAP) built on previous entrepreneurship projects in the country, providing 60 girls with three- to five-month apprenticeships with successful local business women. At the end of the project, 83 percent of participants were able to become workforce entrants, either by finding paid employment or starting their own business.


Citi Foundation



Blog Posts

September 27, 2016

Promoting Entrepreneurship in Post-Conflict Areas

In fragile environments like northern Uganda, opportunities for youth are a vital pillar of lasting economic development.

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July 11, 2016

TechnoServe Partnership Named Finalist for P3 Impact Award

An innovative partnership to boost fruit farmers’ incomes in East Africa has been named a top five finalist for the P3 Impact award, which honors model public-private partnerships.

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April 15, 2016

How the World’s Largest Companies Can Help Africa’s Farmers

TechnoServe's Dickson Mbando offers insight into win-win scenarios that benefit both farmers and the private sector.

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Kampala, Uganda

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Herbert Kirunda

Country Director



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