Africa

Overview

Home to many of the world’s fastest growing economies, Africa is poised for unprecedented opportunity and prosperity. Yet with half of the continent’s people still living below the poverty line, a dramatically expanding youth population and crop yields that have remained stagnant for decades, Africa also faces a host of unique challenges. TechnoServe has more than 40 years of experience across 20 African countries, working with public and private partners to catalyze broad-based economic growth through agricultural and enterprise development.

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Regional Projects

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.

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.

Coffee Initiative

The Coffee Initiative worked with local farmers in East Africa to improve agronomy and business practices, establish new coffee cooperatives and strengthen existing ones, and help cooperatives create business plans and access financing for wet mills.

East Africa Dairy Development

Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented in partnership with Heifer International, 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.

Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise

TechnoServe is partnering with The MasterCard Foundation to help rural youth in East Africa transition to economic independence. The Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise (STRYDE) program delivers a comprehensive package of services including skills training, business development and mentoring to young people ages 18 to 30 in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

Technical Assistance Facility

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.

Connected Farmer Alliance

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.

Blog Posts

October 7, 2019

Farmers in Nigeria Use Climate-Smart Techniques to Reduce Post-Harvest Loss

In Nigeria, TechnoServe is helping tomato farmers boost incomes and reduce post-harvest losses, while adapting to a changing climate.

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October 2, 2019

Transforming Businesses and Lives in Kenya’s Micro-Retail Sector

TechnoServe and Moody’s Foundation have partnered to support micro-entrepreneurs in Kenya’s micro-retail sector through the Smart Duka Initiative.

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September 30, 2019

5 Reasons to be Hopeful About the Future of Coffee

To celebrate National Coffee Day, TechnoServe shared insights and stories about the smallholder farmers who grow this transformative crop and the impact coffee has had on their daily lives.

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Contact

Chris Donohue

Regional Director
East Africa
cdonohue@tns.org

 

Pamela Chitenhe

Regional Director
Southern Africa
pchitenhe@tns.org

Larry Umunna

Regional Director
West Africa
lumunna@tns.org

 

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News

World - June 2019

Cashew is Key; Beneficiary Spotlight: Beatrice Njau; Tools Help Micro-Retailers; New Initiative Leverages Technology for Greater Social Impact; and more.

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World - March 2019

Coffee & Women’s Economic Empowerment; Young Women in Mumbai Breaking Employment Barriers; Women Agronomists in Ethiopia Improving Gender Equality; and more.

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World - September 2018

Breaking New Ground for Congolese Coffee; Integrated Techniques Bring Success to Smallholder Farmers and the Environment; Paving the Way for a Drug-Free Peru; and more.

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