Mexico is a country of great wealth on the one hand and deep poverty on the other. Despite the large presence of international corporations and high-level research centers, there is a large and persistent economic gap, particularly evident in rural areas and in agriculture.

Most farm properties in the country belong to small producers with very small plots, who have limited or no access to technology, financing, technical assistance or commercial channels. TechnoServe’s work in Mexico closes these gaps by linking small farmers and entrepreneurs to technology, know-how and new value chains, allowing producers and business owners to improve the quality of life of their families and communities.

On The Ground



Increasing Sales for Micro-Enterprises in Zacatecas

In August 2016, Goldcorp and TechnoServe Mexico partnered to launch the Entrepreneurship and Business Development program, which aims to create inclusive economic growth in the communities surrounding the Goldcorp Minera Peñasquito (MP) mining operation in Zacatecas, Mexico. The program provides business support tailored to the specific needs of local entrepreneurs, providing the skills, knowledge and tools they need to build successful businesses, develop strong markets, and create income and jobs throughout these communities. The program's methodology is based around the implementation of best practices in business development. These skills are taught in customized workshops that cover general themes around entrepreneurship, business planning, finance, marketing, accounting and production, among others key skills. Along with these workshops, each beneficiary works with a business advisor (BA), who provides tailored consultancy services and customized mentoring. This BA works closely with the entrepreneurs, fostering their development and guiding the entire business development process throughout the duration of the program. The program's first generation includes 60 projects and 143 entrepreneurs. A second generation will begin in August 2017.

Connecting Smallholder Farmers to New Markets

Since 2011, TechnoServe has been supporting hundreds of smallholder farmers from various geographies in Mexico to increase productivity and quality and integrate them into the value chain of an international retail chain. This established, direct commercial link enables small-scale producers to have a more reliable channel for their crops - including tomatoes, zucchini, mangoes, bananas, grapefruits, papayas and others - and ultimately to improve their incomes.



Supporting Small-Scale Dairy Farmers

Together with several partners,TechnoServe supports the development of small-scale milk producers as they improve the management of their farms and therefore increase their family income. With the leadership of Danone, during the first phase 300 small-scale dairy farmers have been linked to the company's value chain. Farmers receive technical assistance on a regular basis and business support to obtain financing of key infrastructure. Farmers have increased their herd size and income through increases in productivity and quality and the first cohort of farmers has already tripled their net income.



Blog Posts

December 4, 2018

Sweet Success: Growing Small Businesses in Mexico

Goldcorp and TechnoServe partnered to build the capacity of more than 300 entrepreneurs in rural Mexican communities.

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September 21, 2016

Integrating Farmers into Corporate Supply Chains

A sustainable agriculture initiative in Mexico illustrates how partnerships can help smallholders connect to high-value markets.

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April 1, 2015

Supporting Mexico’s Small-Scale Dairy Farmers

A sustainable strategy for milk supply in Mexico is improving the standard of living for small-scale dairy farmers.

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TechnoServe Mexico

Alvaro Obregon #270 off. 215
Col. Hipodromo Condesa, CP 06170
Del. Cuauhtémoc
México, D.F.

Tel: +52 55 12 53 49 08

Gabriela Campuzano

Country Director