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

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.

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.

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.

Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise

TechnoServe is partnering with The MasterCard Foundation to help rural young women and men 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 and Uganda.

Soy Value Chains

With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, TechnoServe is helping to grow the incomes of tens of thousands of small-scale farmers in southern Africa by promoting the development of the local soy industry.

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.

Blog Posts

March 11, 2014

A Business Approach to Staple Crops in Ethiopia

Partnering with the World Food Program, TechnoServe is helping Ethiopian small-scale staple crop farmers improve their business practices and connect with large buyers.

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January 2, 2014

New Report Highlights TechnoServe’s Innovative Approaches

FSG examines the future of international NGOs and recognizes TechnoServe for its forward-looking approaches to impact.

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October 28, 2013

A Sewing Machine and a Dream

Rose Amachi, an alumna and mentor of TechnoServe's Young Women in Enterprise program, is working to empower girls and young women in Nairobi's Kawangware slum.

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Contact

Kindra Halvorson

Regional Director
East Africa
khalvorson@tns.org
Tel. +255 222 600455

Chris Donohue

Deputy Regional Director
East Africa
CDonohue@tns.org

Brent Habig

Regional Director
West and Southern Africa
bhabig@tns.org

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News

Summer 2014

The Young Visionary; Innovating on the Farm in Uganda; President Clinton Visits Coffee Work in Haiti; A Champion of Social Progress; Our Supporters: Lynn and Martin Bloom

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Autumn 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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Summer 2013

Three Years Later, Crafts Business Thrives in India; TechnoServe Employee Wins Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship; Credit for Cocoa Farmers; Empowering Maasai Women; Higher Incomes from Livestock; Our Impact; In Memoriam: Paul Soros; 45th Anniversary Gala

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