Together with our partners, TechnoServe is helping to grow strong markets that create opportunities for enterprising people in the developing world.
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“Hidden hunger” is a form of undernutrition affecting millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa. Food fortification is a cost-effective strategy for addressing hidden hunger,helping people to access the nutrition they need. The Strengthening African Processors of Fortified Foods Project helps food companies in Africa to improve their capacity to produce and sell fortified foods for local markets.
The TechnoServe Coalition for Smallholder Sourcing is dedicated to generating evidence on innovations in smallholder sourcing that improve outcomes for farmers and companies, as well as promoting broad-based adoption of effective innovations.
Solutions for African Food Enterprises (SAFE) was a public-private partnership between TechnoServe, Partners in Food Solutions, and USAID that aimed to increase the competitiveness of the African food processing sector to expand availability of affordable and nutritious foods to local populations. The program benefited more than 1,000 food processors who source from more than 800,000 smallholder farmers in five countries.
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.
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.
With support from USAID and in partnership with the Uganda Cooperative Alliance, the TechnoServe led Producer Organization Activity promotes the development of key agricultural commodities in Uganda, including coffee, beans, horticultural produce, and maize. The program is centered around activities to strengthen the capacity of producer organizations to become viable business entities that provide relevant services to members including the identification of market opportunities. The program also works to strengthen the enabling environment for agriculture through local advocacy.
The Feed the Future Mozambique Agricultural Innovations Activity (FTF INOVA) is a five year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by DAI, TechnoServe, and Market Shares Associates. INOVA aims to increase equitable growth and incomes in the agriculture sector in Mozambique by focusing on interventions in specific market functions that exhibit a credible pathway toward inclusive change in the agricultural market system. INOVA will increase the competitiveness of selected value chains, expand the number of enterprises that can compete, and upgrade their products and services in selected markets, while improving relationships and linkages between those firms and other market participants throughout the value chains. FTF INOVA will be focusing on groundnut, cashew, pigeon pea, sesame, and agricultural inputs.
ConnectCaju: Through the ConnectCaju project, TechnoServe and the Government of Mozambique’s Institute for the Promotion of Cashew (INCAJU) are jointly developing a mobile-based platform for on-farm data collection and real time analysis in the cashew sector. With a current registry of over 100,000 cashew farmers, this platform will help INCAJU to improve the coverage and quality of its extension services for cashew farmers, as well as to broadcast relevant and timely information to actors throughout the cashew sector. By improving INCAJU’s monitoring, analysis, and decision-making abilities, ConnectCaju is contributing to increased productivity and transparency across the sector. ConnectCaju’s platform connects different actors in cashew production and commercialization in ways that enhance their abilities to make timely decisions and reduce costs. This, in turn, improves incentives for cashew farmers to invest in greater production, leading to improved economic growth. The ConnectCaju platform has several existing core functionalities:
Transferring Agricultural Technologies from China to Africa: TechnoServe is advising and supporting the Chinese and Mozambican co-operators (Lianfeng and Instituto de Investigação Agrária de Moçambique) of an Agriculture Technology Demonstration Center (ATDC), called CITTAU (Centro de Transferência de Tecnologias Agrárias de Umbeluzi) located in Boane, Mozambique. The ATDCs were established by the Ministry of Commerce in China that endeavored to share the country’s agricultural expertise by establishing a network of 23 agricultural technology demonstration centers across Africa. These ATDCs represent China’s first major foray into development in Africa, outside of infrastructure, and are meant to leverage Chinese learnings and technologies for the benefit of African smallholder farmers.
Banana Industry Grants Facility: In Mozambique, bananas contribute substantially to the nation’s economy. In 2015, The country exported $75 million in bananas, making it one of the largest exporters of banana in Africa. Like in many other African countries, bananas also make an important staple in the national Mozambican diet. For the past few years, the Mozambican Banana Industry has been facing two major threats to its viability: Panama Disease Tropical Race 4 (TR4) and Banana Bunch Top Virus (BBTV). The outbreaks of these two diseases have threatened the existence and viability of many commercial banana plantations and smallholder production. TechnoServe, in partnership with the Government of Mozambique’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security and with funding from the United States Department of Agriculture, is supporting affected banana plantations and communities by providing financial support through a grant facility to contain the outbreaks and support prevention measures.
Catalisa: As part of Anadarko’s broader social investment strategy in Mozambique, the Catalisa project is creating new opportunities for farmers and young people in Cabo Delgado through inclusive private-sector led economic development. By supporting the development of strong agribusinesses and building young people’s skills, Catalisa is catalyzing increased investment, incomes, local employment, and the creation and growth of self-sustaining businesses.
The four-year Desarrollo Económico Inclusivo Territorial program, or Territorial Inclusive Economic Development in English, aims to reach 10,000 families living in the basins of the Choluteca, Goascorán, and Nacaome rivers who are currently excluded from the coastal eco-tourism, cashew, and livestock value chains. Funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation COSUDE, the program is facilitated by a consortium integrated by Ayuda en Acción and TechnoServe.