Africa

Overview

Home to many of the world’s fastest growing economies, Africa is poised for unprecedented opportunity and prosperity. Yet with half of the continent’s people still living below the poverty line, a dramatically expanding youth population and crop yields that have remained stagnant for decades, Africa also faces a host of unique challenges. TechnoServe has more than 40 years of experience across 20 African countries, working with public and private partners to catalyze broad-based economic growth through agricultural and enterprise development.

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On The Ground

Regional Projects

Strengthening African Processors of Fortified Foods

“Hidden hunger” is a form of undernutrition affecting millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa. Food fortification is a cost-effective strategy for addressing hidden hunger,helping people to access the nutrition they need. The Strengthening African Processors of Fortified Foods Project helps food companies in Africa to improve their capacity to produce and sell fortified foods for local markets.

TechnoServe Coalition for Smallholder Sourcing

The TechnoServe Coalition for Smallholder Sourcing is dedicated to generating evidence on innovations in smallholder sourcing that improve outcomes for farmers and companies, as well as promoting broad-based adoption of effective innovations.

Coffee Initiative

The Coffee Initiative worked with local farmers in East Africa to improve agronomy and business practices, establish new coffee cooperatives and strengthen existing ones, and help cooperatives create business plans and access financing for wet mills.

East Africa Dairy Development

Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented in partnership with Heifer International, 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.

Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise

TechnoServe is partnering with The MasterCard Foundation to help rural youth in East Africa transition to economic independence. The Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise (STRYDE) program delivers a comprehensive package of services including skills training, business development and mentoring to young people ages 18 to 30 in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

Technical Assistance Facility

TechnoServe serves as the manager of the Technical Assistance Facility (TAF), which supports the African Agriculture Fund, a private equity fund, to address food security challenges across Africa. TAF provides technical assistance to small and growing businesses (SGBs) invested in by the African Agriculture Fund, and improves linkages between enterprises and smallholder outgrowers.

Connected Farmer Alliance

The Connected Farmer Alliance (CFA) is a public-private partnership that seeks to promote commercially sustainable mobile agriculture solutions and increase productivity and revenues for 500,000 smallholder farmers across Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique. The program also aims to increase revenues for agribusinesses and agricultural value chain service providers.

Blog Posts

December 13, 2017

Reaching Greater Heights Through Cocoa

In Tanzania, where the cocoa market is dominated by men, TechnoServe is working to provide women the business skills, roles models, and confidence they need to start their own cocoa businesses and boost their communities’ cocoa economies.

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December 5, 2017

“Just Get Up and Do Something”

Sarah LaFleur, a TechnoServe Fellow in South Africa who launched fashion startup MM.LaFleur, talks volunteering, fashion, and the power of entrepreneurship to change lives.

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November 21, 2017

Nespresso’s AAA Sustainable Quality Program Wins 2017 Corporate Citizenship Award

Nespresso's AAA Sustainable Quality Program, implemented by TechnoServe in East Africa, was named the "Best Economic Empowerment Program" in the 2017 Corporate Citizenship Awards.

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Contact

Chris Donohue

Regional Director
East Africa
cdonohue@tns.org

Katarina Kahlmann

Regional Director
West Africa
kkahlmann@tns.org

Pamela Chitenhe

Regional Director
southern Africa
pchitenhe@tns.org

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News

World – Spring 2015

Empowering Young Women; Top Rating from Charity Navigator; New Sustainer Program

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World – Fall 2014

Meet Our New CEO; Spotlight on West African Cocoa; Mobile Tools for Farmers

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World – Fall 2013

Cocoa Farmers Connect With Gourmet Chocolatier; Former TechnoServe Volunteer Launches Nonprofit in India; Boosting Coffee Sustainability; Supporting Cashew Farmers; Award-Winning Enterprise Development Program; Q&A: Evelyn Swanson

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