Vote for the Photo of the Month: May 2023

Our monthly photo series highlights the beauty and emotion in the lives of our clients around the world.

We invite you to review three images that highlight the significance of addressing food scarcity, promoting sustainable agriculture, and ensuring access to nutritious meals for everyone. And then choose the one that resonates with you the most by clicking on it and submitting your selection. 

Photo 1 

Coffee farm beneath bananas in Nicaragua.

On 30-year-old Rosa Gonzales’s small farm in Matapalo, Nicaragua, coffee grows under the shade of towering banana trees. Rosa is one of nearly 9,000 fruit and vegetable farmers in Guatemala and Nicaragua who learned how to improve the value of their produce, connect to new markets, and earn higher incomes to provide a better life for their families. She is also a single parent who struggled to solely support her 9-year-old son and nephew with revenue from the farm before working with TechnoServe.

More than two-thirds of Central America’s rural population lives in poverty. In 2019, TechnoServe launched the Smallholder Market Access Program, with grant funding from Walmart Foundation, to help farmers in these areas to escape poverty by earning higher, more dependable incomes through integration into high-value commercial value chains. Now, with grant funding from Walmart Foundation, TechnoServe is launching a second phase of the Smallholder Market Access Program, to help even more farmers like Rosa Gonzalez provide for the next generation. 

Learn more: Video Spotlight: Mother’s Day 2023

Photo 2

Cashew nuts yielded from the MozaCajú project in Mozambique.
Photo credit: Antonio Filippi

With financial support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, TechnoServe implemented the MozaCajú project from 2013 to 2018, supporting the Mozambican cashew nut industry by harnessing global market demand for premium cashew and addressing obstacles throughout the value chain, including in the areas of production, inputs, processing, finance and marketing.

Learn more: 5 Reasons Why Nuts Are a Secret Weapon in the Fight Against Poverty

Photo 3 

Indian farmers harvest crops in their village.
Photo Credit: Suzanne Lee (October 2016)

Guar farmer Jhuma Jangu and her son, Jagdish Jangu, harvest their crop in their field in Hameira village, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India. 

As part of its global signature cause program, Breakfasts for Better Days, the Kellogg Company is partnering with TechnoServe to build a more sustainable and secure food future for smallholder farmers in Madhya Pradesh, India. By providing training to improve yields for farming businesses and by working with women from farming households to implement kitchen gardens, the partnership is increasing incomes and access to nutritious foods for rural families.

Learn more: TechnoServe’s Sustainable Guar Initiative Wins New Award for Sustainable Farming

Your participation contributes to the ongoing global conversations about food security. While a picture can be worth a thousand words, you can also read more about TechnoServe’s work on increasing food security for families and communities around the world.