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How a Global Alliance for Inclusive and Nutritious Food Processing Improves Food Safety

This article, published by Agrilinks, details the Alliance for Inclusive and Nutritious Food Processing (AINFP)—a partnership between USAID, TechnoServe and Partners in Food Solutions (PFS) that aims to create a more competitive food-processing sector in Africa—and shows how partnerships with local food processing businesses can help them improve food safety, even amid an unprecedented pandemic.

Agriculture, COVID-19, Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, Food Processing
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A group of volunteer students attend life skills training in Maputo.

Skills for Life: Developing a Curriculum to Help Young Mozambicans Thrive Post-Graduation

In Mozambique, many students graduate without the necessary soft skills to succeed in jobs or as entrepreneurs, leaving them with limited economic opportunities. TechnoServe’s WIN program worked with the Mozambican government to revise a life skills curriculum that will help young people — and women in particular — access jobs and start their own businesses.

Women's Economic Empowerment, Youth Economic Opportunity
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Training and Micro Loans Help Small Businesses Weather COVID

Cyprian Amakalu, mSPARK Programme Manager at TechnoServe, talks about the Micro-Enterprises Strengthened for Pandemic Adaptation and Resilience in Kenya (mSPARK) programme, launched by TechnoServe and the Mastercard Foundation, which gives digital and financial support to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to help them survive the pandemic.

COVID-19, Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, Small and Growing Businesses
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Promoting Economic Opportunities for Youth Builds Pathways to Peace

Earlier this year, violent insurgents attacked the city of Palma in northern Cabo Delgado province, Mozambique. They killed dozens of people, forced thousands to flee, and sparked a humanitarian crisis that continues to this day. There is a perceived link between poverty — particularly among youth — and insecurity. TechnoServe is addressing this challenge by promoting economic opportunities for youth in the region.

Economic Development, Food Security, Youth Economic Opportunity
COVID-19 accelerates digitalization in low-income countries. In this photo, a small business owner in Latin America stands in her shop.

What is the Role of Digitalization in a Post-COVID World?

When the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the livelihoods of millions of entrepreneurs last year, digitalization offered small businesses around the world a promising solution. In this Q&A, TechnoServe’s Global Entrepreneurship Director, Juan Carlos Thomas, speaks with the Executive Director of the Argidius Foundation, Nicholas Colloff, and Dalberg Advisors’ Global Knowledge Lead, Kusi Hornberger, about the future of digital technology for supporting entrepreneurs.

COVID-19, Entrepreneurship, Technology
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Equipping Young Entrepreneurs with Business Expertise in Africa

In East Africa, formal employment opportunities are often scarce, and entrepreneurship presents a path toward economic independence for many young women and men. TechnoServe is helping small shop owners in Kenya, Nigeria, and Côte d’Ivoire become more profitable by connecting them with the knowledge, training, and tools they need to become successful retailers.

Entrepreneurship, Women's Economic Empowerment, Youth Economic Opportunity
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