TechnoServe’s Most Read Stories of 2022

Take a look back at the stories that inspired us in 2022. 

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As this year comes to an end, we’re taking a look back at some of this year’s most memorable stories. Take a look back at the stories that inspired us in 2022. 

How was food security affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, it was estimated that more than 820 million people across the globe would not have enough to eat. COVID-19 made the situation dramatically worse, almost doubling the number by the end of 2020.

The global problem of hunger is closely tied to a lack of food security. According to the United Nations, a person with food security must have “physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets food preferences and dietary needs for an active and healthy life.” When these standards are not met, it results in the stress and health hazards of food insecurity.

The lack of food security is an enormous problem, but not only do solutions exist, they are being carried out across the globe. Changes are being implemented by countless communities around the world to connect people with filling, satisfying, nourishing food. 

What were the barriers to Women’s Economic Empowerment?

In many countries where TechnoServe works, women continue to face tremendous barriers to economic opportunity. Empowering women to achieve their full financial potential is one of the most powerful ways to fight poverty. Yet in many countries where TechnoServe works, women continue to face tremendous barriers to participating in and profiting from economic opportunity. Here are five key statistics that illustrate the importance and potential of women’s economic empowerment.

Hurricane Fiona Hits Puerto Rico Almost Five Years after Hurricane Maria

Almost five years to the day after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, another hurricane devastated the island. Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 18 and caused catastrophic flooding and power outages, impacting the island’s coffee farmers.

However, amid the tragedy, two things are certain: the income, skills, and connections these farmers gained in the last few years will help them to withstand this current blow. And second, these farmers will do whatever it takes to rebuild their lives and livelihoods—yet again.

See how and why TechnoServe will be there to support them, every step of the way.

How Climate Change Affects Smallholder Farmers

Although climate change is a global threat, its effects will be felt differently around the world. Smallholder farmers are on the front line of this crisis, which impacts every aspect of their daily lives — from the money they earn from their crops to the food they put on the table for their families. Learn about a few of the ways climate change is impacting these farmers and what TechnoServe is doing to help. 

Improving Sustainability in Nicaragua 

Three years ago, Gladys González took over the family cattle ranch in Nicaragua following the sudden death of her father-in-law. At the time, she was somewhat familiar with cattle, having grown up on a farm, but had limited knowledge of everything that goes into the successful management of a ranch. 

As a result, her cows were not producing very much milk, and her production costs outweighed her profits. In 2018, Gladys joined a TechnoServe program that worked with over 800 ranchers in two departments of Nicaragua, helping them implement silvopastoral systems that would improve their environmental sustainability and resilience to climate threats while also increasing farm production and income. 

TechnoServe is committed to helping smallholder farmers and entrepreneurs in the developing world. You can help too. Join us as we serve the world’s most vulnerable together.