Together with our partners, TechnoServe is helping to grow strong markets that create opportunities for enterprising people in the developing world.
- Where We Work
- Burkina Faso
- Côte d’Ivoire
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- El Salvador
- Latin America and the Caribbean
- Puerto Rico
- South Africa
- South Sudan
“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.
In 2011, TechnoServe, Instituto Ventura, and food company Inaceres partnered to catalyze economic growth for smallholder farmers in Brazil by building a sustainable, inclusive, and competitive outgrower model for heart of palm.
In the Piauí state of Northern Brazil, honey production can provide a key source of income for farmers living in rural poverty. As market demand for certified honey increases globally, switching to organic and fair trade production can help farmers to tap into premium markets – and prices.
BeniBiz is a business accelerator that aims to provide food and agribusiness entrepreneurs the skills they need to build prosperous businesses and economies, and food-secure communities.
In partnership with the Cargill, TechnoServe launched the IMPULSOR project in 2014. The IMPULSOR project is increasing productivity and competitiveness of Sorghum farms in Nicaragua, educating the participating farmers in agricultural and business best practices. The project is targeting 400 small farmers in Cargill’s sorghum supply chain.
TechnoServe, in partnership with Visa Inc. is implementing a program in the Khargone and Bharwani districts of Madhya Pradesh to improve the livelihoods of rural families by advancing women’s leadership in farmer producer organizations.
TechnoServe and Syngenta partnered to increase the incomes of tomato and rice farmers in Nigeria by training them in best agricultural and post-harvest practices and connecting them with the inputs and networks they need to make their farming businesses thrive. In Nigeria, a current disparity between the supply and demand for rice and tomato offers a promising opportunity for farmers – despite the country’s soaring demand for these products and its vast areas of arable land, Nigeria is not self-sufficient in these crops. To help farmers capitalize on this untapped market opportunity, we provided training on best practices that help farmers to improve their production, decrease post-harvest losses and increase their incomes. The program also amplified the impact of these increased yields by training farmers in business skills, helping them to organize into farmers' organizations and facilitating direct market connections with buyers who can pay a premium price for their rice and tomato crops. Over the course of the project, more than 6,600 farmers received training on good agricultural practices.