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



Conservation Cotton Initiative

With support from luxury clothing brand Edun, TechnoServe is helping 8,500 smallholder cotton farmers in northern Uganda rebuild their livelihoods and recover from a destructive civil war. The Conservation Cotton Initiative (CCI) aims to improve farmers’ cotton incomes by encouraging the adoption of better agronomic and post-harvest practices. CCI also links farmers to better markets and works with them to improve the productivity of staple crops.


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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 aims 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 are working with farmers to identify new market opportunities, improve productivity and develop strong farmer business groups.


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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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Empowering Women Entrepreneurs

Women Mean Business (WMB) supports women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, compete more effectively, and increase women’s incomes. In the Kampala area, 55 percent of small and growing businesses are owned or managed by women; however many lack management skills and face high competition. The program provides training, coaching and mentoring to women entrepreneurs to build their skills, improve their confidence and grow their support networks. With 588 graduates completing Phase I of the program between 2009 and 2011, TechnoServe is now working with 468 women through WMB Phase II. Phase II also involves a pioneering study component to evaluate the impact and cost effectiveness of classroom training combined with coaching and mentoring through a randomized control trial implemented by Innovations for Poverty Action.



Blog Posts

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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January 6, 2016

Breaking Into The Business World

Through vocational apprenticeships and business mentorship, young women like Emily Ahebwa are creating new sources of income in Uganda.

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November 25, 2015

Thank You for Making a Difference

President and CEO William Warshauer reflects on reasons to be grateful this Thanksgiving.

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TechnoServe Uganda

1st Floor, IDC Building
[Opp. Nakasero Primary School]
12 Ternan Avenue
P.O. Box 25690
Kampala, Uganda

Tel: +256 414 234 843
Fax: +256 414 234 844

Herbert Kirunda

Country Director



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