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.


Since 2005, TechnoServe has helped 2,800 entrepreneurs grow their businesses and realize their potential. We have also worked with 119,000 farmers to turn their farms into small enterprises, increase their incomes and improve their livelihoods.


Innovating on the Farm

After completing TechnoServe's STRYDE program, Arnest Sebbumba is expanding operations on his family farm in Uganda and sowing the seeds of youth empowerment in his community.

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Supporting Enterprising Women with Training in Uganda

In Uganda, a group of enterprising women are building a business that’s creating new opportunities for young, single mothers.

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Rebuilding Livelihoods through Cotton in Uganda

Joska Aweko and thousands of other cotton farmers in northern Uganda are rebuilding their livelihoods after decades of destructive civil war.

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Cotton Business Creates New Opportunities in Uganda

A new market opportunity for a business in eastern Uganda is poised to leave a positive impact on the surrounding community.

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On The Ground



Girls’ Apprentice Program

A nine-month pilot project funded by the Forward Foundation aims to provide 30 vulnerable young women ages 18 to 24 with the necessary skills and resources to start their own businesses or obtain paid employment. The project will link these young women to successful businesswomen identified from the Women Mean Business program. Each businesswoman will mentor two younger girls and train them in practical vocational skills, such as tailoring, hair-dressing and agriculture, for 3 to 5 months. The program aims to build the skills, confidence and social networks of vulnerable young women, while enabling them to become economically productive.



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.



Revitalizing Grain Collection Centers

TechnoServe is supporting the grain and cereals value chain in northern Uganda through our work with World Food Programme (WFP) collection centers. WFP centers have great potential to improve the grain and cereal marketing infrastructure in this post-conflict environment; however, they are currently being utilized at only 10 to 20 percent capacity. TechnoServe has developed business plans to improve the operations of ten satellite collection centers, and will be working on business plans for the remaining 23 satellite collection sites. We are also helping to coordinate the operations of WFP’s six market collection centers, with capacity of 2,000 metric tons each.



Agricultural Revitalization in Post-Conflict Areas

Much of northern Uganda was scarred by two decades of attacks from the Lord’s Resistance Army. Civilians who had fled to camps for internally displaced persons have now returned to their farms to rebuild their livelihoods. TechnoServe is working in Lamwo District, bordering South Sudan, to address various post-conflict challenges. Under the Revitalizing Agricultural Incomes and New Markets (RAIN) program, led by Mercy Corps with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we are striving to stimulate the re-development of input and output markets for seven local staple crops – cassava, sesame, sorghum, beans, rice, groundnuts and maize.



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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Blog Posts

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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November 19, 2015

Challenging Gender Norms

A young female entrepreneur in Uganda navigates a male-dominated industry in pursuit of her dreams.

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TechnoServe Uganda

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[Opp. Nakasero Primary School]
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P.O. Box 25690
Kampala, Uganda

Tel: +256 414 234 843
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Herbert Kirunda

Country Director



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