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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.

What is High-Margin Agriculture? Learn the Essentials From Matt Foerster, TechnoServe’s New Director of Agricultural Markets

Matt Foerster joined TechnoServe earlier this year as our new director of agricultural markets. With over 15 years of experience, Matt is overseeing TechnoServe’s large portfolio of work in commercial agriculture. Here we ask Matt about the most important issues in agriculture today – and its critical role in reducing poverty.

Agriculture
agriculture, Environmental sustainability, High-margin agriculture, Regenerative agriculture

Making a Lasting Impact: Q&A with Rob Johnson, Former TechnoServe Fellow and Social Enterprise Entrepreneur

Rob Johnson is a former TechnoServe Fellow who worked in Haiti in 2011 performing a poultry value chain assessment. After his time as a Fellow, Rob returned to serve as a program manager in the TechnoServe Haiti Office. He then launched a social enterprise in Haiti called Acceso, which works to improve smallholder farmer income through inclusive value chains. In this Q&A, Rob shares how TechnoServe played a foundational role in his life and social enterprise career.

Environmental Sustainability, Small and Growing Businesses
Fellows Program, Local Economic Development, Social Enterprise, Sustainable Impact

An Eco-Friendly, Woman-Owned Enterprise Supports Menstrual Equity in Benin

A new mother in Benin began making reusable diapers and menstrual pads after having her son. She quickly realized there was an opportunity to help other women by creating sustainable menstrual products – and empowering the next generation.

Entrepreneurship, Environmental Sustainability, Micro-Retail
Entrepreneurship, Local Economic Development, Small and Growing Businesses, Women's Economic Empowerment

A Hostel Owner From Peru Leads Her Small Business With Determination: How Ermelinda Vargas Paye is Overcoming COVID-19 Challenges

Ermelinda Vargas Paye, owner of Hostel Mary in the city of Moquegua, Peru, won’t let COVID-19 steal her spirit – or her livelihood. A lifelong attitude of determination, and business training from TechnoServe, prepared her to lead her enterprise through the pandemic.

Economic Development, Small and Growing Businesses, Women's Economic Empowerment
COVID-19, Local Economic Development, Small and Growing Businesses