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TechnoServe’s blog highlights the lessons and successes from our work with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries.

youth unemployment is a widespread challlenge in Tanzania. 24-year-old Asia Abdallah sits at her house in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Tackling Youth Unemployment Through Entrepreneurship and Skills Training

In Tanzania, young people like Asia Abdallah often face an uphill battle when entering the job market. With few formal sector jobs available, many turn to entrepreneurship. But without the practical skills to get started, entrepreneurship can present challenges. TechnoServe is equipping youth with the skills they need to gain formal employment or run their own successful businesses.

Entrepreneurship, Women's Economic Empowerment, Youth Economic Opportunity
A photo of a woman standing in a field of coffee wearing a mask in Peru. Text says

Hope and Resilience During COVID-19: Part 2

For over 50 years, TechnoServe has helped hardworking women and men in the developing world gain the skills, connections, and confidence to create self-sustaining businesses and build a path out of poverty. In part two of this series, we ask a few of these farmers and entrepreneurs to share how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their lives and how they are coping with its effects.

Agriculture, Cashews, Youth Economic Opportunity
COVID 19
User personas lead to better tech solutions, such as the ones used in TechnoServe's program, Mobile Connected Farmer Alliance (CFA). M-Pawa user. Mbeya Region, Tanzania. September 2015.

Tech vs. Poverty: How to Create Better Solutions for the Right End User

Technology has the potential to address many of the world’s most pressing development challenges. But some of the biggest failures incorporating technology in development contexts result from solutions that don’t fit the target users’ needs and capabilities. In his first regular column on applying technology to solve development problems, Director of TechnoServe Labs Dave Hale discusses the first step for developing technology solutions: understanding the end user.

Agriculture, Entrepreneurship, Technology
Parents attend a session as part of the Campus to Corporates program.

Turning Parent Objections Into Support to Promote Youth Employment

In the Indian tradition and culture, it is common for parents to be highly involved in their children’s decision-making processes, particularly regarding career choices. However, parental involvement can also sometimes be a barrier to youth employment. TechnoServe is engaging both youth and their parents to ensure that young people can pursue formal sector jobs with their parents’ support.

COVID-19, Youth Economic Opportunity

How Agri-Entrepreneurs are Finding New Opportunities in Poultry Production

In Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, agri-entrepreneurs like Helena and Amândio are seeking to lift themselves out of poverty by expanding their businesses. But even good market opportunities, like poultry production, can pose challenges when entrepreneurs lack the technical knowledge to run enterprises successfully. TechnoServe’s Catalisa program teaches small-scale poultry producers how to profitably produce chickens for the live market through hands-on training and one-on-one coaching, enabling them to expand their production and earn higher incomes.

Agriculture, Entrepreneurship