Together with our partners, TechnoServe is helping to grow strong markets that create opportunities for enterprising people in the developing world.

Strengthening African Processors of Fortified Foods

“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.


Pan-African Youth Entrepreneur Development (PAYED)

The Pan-African Youth Entrepreneur Development (PAYED) program will provide training and tailored advisory support 600 young entrepreneurs in Kenya, Nigeria, and Côte d’Ivoire to develop opportunities in the micro-retail sector.

Small and Growing Businesses

Increasing Economic Opportunity for Tomato and Rice Farmers in Nigeria

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.


Empowering Women with Cashew Products

Over 60 percent of Nigeria’s population lives in poverty, while women suffer the greatest effects: they consistently earn less, are less educated, and less likely to participate in the labor force. Processing cashew by-products poses a unique opportunity for women’s inclusive economic diversification.


Accessing Clean Water and Economic Opportunity for Women

TechnoServe and Unilever are working in partnership to develop a new concept for sustainable water provision by piloting the concept of Sunlight Water Centers in eight peri-urban areas near Abuja.

Small and Growing Businesses

Expanding Opportunities Through Small Retailers in Nigeria

Substantial research highlights a critical need for business skills training among owners of "mom and pop" shops in urban areas. Launched in July 2015, the Digitizing Mom and Pop Shops program is a two-year partnership between Citi Foundation and TechnoServe to increase the financial return and growth of small retail shops in Abuja, Nigeria.

Small and Growing Businesses

Helping Nigeria’s Cashew Farmers Reach Their Potential

Through a $1 million grant from the Walmart Foundation, TechnoServe is helping raise the incomes of 6,000 Nigerian cashew farmers through training on good agronomic practices, farming as a business, and improved methods for harvest and post-harvest handling.


Raising Rural Incomes: Propcom Mai-Karfi

TechnoServe is an implementing partner in Propcom Mai-Karfi, a six-year program working to increase the incomes of 650,000 people in northern Nigeria, half of them women. An ambitious initiative supported by the UK Government, Propcom engages with the private and public sectors to make rural markets work for the poor.


Improving Cocoa Productivity and Food Security

In parallel to the Cocoa Livelihoods Program (CLP), TechnoServe was a key implementer in the African Cocoa Initiative (ACI), which sought to institutionalize effective public and private sector models for sustainable productivity growth and improve food security on cocoa farms in West and Central Africa