Uganda’s abundant natural resources, tropical climate, rich soils and well-distributed rainfall provide an ideal environment for its agricultural sector, which employs 80 percent of the country’s workforce.

The country’s hospitable environment also makes two cropping seasons per year possible for most staple food crops. Although subsistence farming currently dominates agriculture in Uganda, the sector still has great potential to drive major economic growth and lift millions of people out of poverty.

On The Ground



TechnoServe Coalition for Smallholder Sourcing

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.
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East Africa Dairy Development

The East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) program is designed to boost the milk yields and incomes of small-scale farmers so they can lift their families and communities out of poverty. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented in partnership with Heifer International, the second phase of EADD aims to help 136,000 smallholder farming families in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania sustainably improve their livelihoods by 2018, while stimulating income growth for an additional 400,000 secondary beneficiaries.
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Project Nurture

A partnership with The Coca-Cola Company and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Project Nurture aimed to help more than 50,000 small-scale mango and passion fruit farmers in Kenya and Uganda double their fruit incomes. TechnoServe and its partners worked with farmers to identify new market opportunities, improve productivity and develop strong farmer business groups.


Kenya, Uganda
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Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise

TechnoServe is partnering with The MasterCard Foundation to help rural young people ages 18 to 30 in East Africa transition to economic independence.
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Innovations in Outcome Measurement

Proven tools, methodologies and approaches that drive accurate and consistent outcome measurement remain a key challenge across international agricultural development. In partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, TechnoServe’s Innovation in Outcome Measurement (IOM) project aims to identify breakthrough innovations capable of transforming agriculture and to develop a framework for scaling these innovations for business use. IOM is working to identify and test accurate, consistent and cost-effective measurement tools and methodologies for evaluating the outcomes of agricultural projects. The project also aims to identify the evidence needed by a range of relevant stakeholders to drive larger scale adoption of innovative agriculture technologies.

Conservation Cotton Initiative

With support from luxury clothing brand Edun, TechnoServe launched the Conservation Cotton Initiative in 2011. The first phase of the program benefitted an estimated 59,745 people from 2011 to 2013 and managed to establish 150 producer business groups to better link farmers to markets. Farmers saw an increase in net income of 132 percent. Building on the success of the first phase of the program, phase two was launched in 2014 with support from EDUN, SIDA and the Rabobank Foundation. The second phase of the program holistically addresses market system constraints in cotton and rotational crop value chains via technical and business skill training, access to finance, input service and market linkage strengthening– with a stronger focus on improving women's economic empowerment and embedding sustainability for business service providers and producer business groups.



Girls’ Apprenticeship Program

In Uganda women make up three out of every five people who are unemployed, and urban youth are particularly disadvantaged. In partnership with Citi Foundation, TechnoServe implemented a year-long program to address employability issues facing young women in the Kampala area. The Girl's Apprenticeship Program (GAP) built on previous entrepreneurship projects in the country, providing 60 girls with three- to five-month apprenticeships with successful local business women. At the end of the project, 83 percent of participants were able to become workforce entrants, either by finding paid employment or starting their own business.


Citi Foundation



Blog Posts

September 3, 2019

A Day in the Life: Supporting Coffee Farmers in Uganda

TechnoServe works with smallholder coffee farmers around the world to increase yields and improve livelihoods. Today, we're sharing a behind-the-scenes look at the daily activities of Rose Caroline Nabukwasi, a coffee agronomy advisor in Uganda.

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August 19, 2019

Can Drones Change Africa’s Agricultural Future?

In sub-Saharan Africa, TechnoServe is testing sustainable, cost-effective, and measurable innovations for development. A surprising potential win for smallholders: drone technology.

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August 5, 2019

Youth Use Tech to Farm Uganda’s Future

In Uganda, TechnoServe and the Mastercard Foundation partnered to scale youth innovations in the agri-food sector, increasing food security and farmer earnings.

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