Located between South Africa and Mozambique, this landlocked country with a population of 1.3 million people is one of the last remaining ruling monarchies in the world. About 80 percent of the people still depend on subsistence agriculture, with 63 percent of the population living in poverty and 29 percent suffering from extreme poverty.

One in four people are unable to meet their daily nutritional requirements. The extremely high HIV/AIDS infection rate, low levels of education, declining economic growth and high unemployment rate have resulted in economic and health crises.

In 2006, TechnoServe began working in Swaziland to increase opportunities for indigenous entrepreneurs. We began the Swaziland Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Program (SWEEP), which aimed to revitalize the Swazi economy by fostering the growth of Swazi-owned small- and medium-sized enterprises in order to expand employment and income opportunities. We have continued to build on this platform through new programs in food security and value chains: Community-Based Livelihood Development (CBLD) in 2011, Market Solution to Impact Food Security and Youth Development in Swaziland (EU1) in 2012, and Towards a More Food Secure and Resilient Swaziland (EU2) in 2014.

On The Ground



Community-Based Livelihood Development

TechnoServe is part of a cooperative agreement with US Agency for International Development and FHI 360 for the Community Based Livelihood Development for Women and Children in Swaziland. The five year program, which began in December of 2011, seeks to improve the livelihood capabilities and economic security of vulnerable households; to protect and promote the rights of women and children; and to strengthen the capacity and coordination of the government, communities, and other organizations to protect and promote the social and economic welfare of women and children. TechnoServe has taken the lead on market promotion activities, working to identify value chains which can be further developed to benefit women, and caregivers of orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC). As of September of 2014, the program had formed 13 savings groups, which included 89 members - 87 percent of whom were women - and trained nearly 1,000 women on enterprise development and financial literacy. The cotton, honey and horticulture value chains were identified as particularly promising for women and OVC caregivers.



Towards a More Food Secure and Resilient Swaziland

In July 2013, TechnoServe Swaziland began implementation of a three-year program funded by the European Union to address food security in a holistic manner by focusing on capacity building at the household level, specifically targeting improved farm and business management by program participants. This program was designed to improve food security and household resilience for 12,000 vulnerable households by working with rural farmers, entrepreneurs, and supporting organizations to improve crop yields and increase revenue from micro-entrepreneurship activities.The program held direct training with over 940 smallholder farmers and nearly 1,960 micro-entrepreneurs. In addition, TechnoServe has trained over 350 Training of Trainer recipients from partner organizations. TechnoServe also designed and implemented a Capital Challenge Competition awarding 25,000 Euros to 44 prize winners for innovative business plans.


European Union



Maximizing Timber Waste in Swaziland

TechnoServe has partnered with Montigny Investments on an Energy and Environment Partnership grant from Finland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs to investigate the best uses for biomass available in the 55,000 hectare Forest Stewardship Council Certified Usutu Forest. The project comes at an important time both locally and regionally as Swaziland finalizes the country's first Renewable Energy Policy and the region prioritizes solutions to the mounting energy constraints. The study closely examines socioeconomic and environmental impacts on the forest and its 26 surrounding chiefdoms, which are currently experiencing very high unemployment. The study aims to facilitate the creation of a new employment sector to produce a sustainable biomass product with the potential to improve livelihoods in the local communities and the Southern African region.



Blog Posts

April 27, 2017

Powering Up Renewable Energy in Swaziland

While innovating solutions to timber waste, TechnoServe and its partners unlock an opportunity for a renewable energy power plant with enormous potential for both environmental and social benefits.

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April 16, 2014

Q&A: Former TechnoServe Fellow Finds Promise in Sub-Saharan Africa

Kyle Burr describes his experience working with TechnoServe in Swaziland to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable households.

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February 7, 2014

Photo of the Week: A Sweeter Future for Swaziland’s Youth

By partnering with a honey processor, TechnoServe is helping young beekeepers transform their lives and improve the country’s honey industry.

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TechnoServe Swaziland

P.O. Box 663
Ezulwini, Swaziland H106

Tel: +268 2404 1941/2/3
Fax: +268 2404 1947

Renata Strychaz

Senior Regional Program Manager, Southern Africa