Latin America and the Caribbean

User personas lead to better tech solutions, such as the ones used in TechnoServe's program, Mobile Connected Farmer Alliance (CFA). M-Pawa user. Mbeya Region, Tanzania. September 2015.

Tech vs. Poverty: How to Create Better Solutions for the Right End User

Technology has the potential to address many of the world’s most pressing development challenges. But some of the biggest failures incorporating technology in development contexts result from solutions that don’t fit the target users’ needs and capabilities. In his first regular column on applying technology to solve development problems, Director of TechnoServe Labs Dave Hale discusses the first step for developing technology solutions: understanding the end user.

Agriculture, Entrepreneurship, Technology
TechnoServe coffee farmers and trainer and client in Nicaragua

TechnoServe’s Top 5 Stories of 2020

In a year filled with challenges, TechnoServe has remained committed to helping farmers and small businesses fight the impact of COVID-19. While some of our methods may have looked a bit different this year, our mission has remained the same. Our five most-read stories from 2020 illustrate just a few of the ways that TechnoServe has helped women and men in the developing world overcome obstacles to build brighter futures.

Agriculture, COVID-19, Entrepreneurship
Eloy Castañón holds a melon in a processing facility in Mexico

Farmers Facing a New Kind of Crisis: How COVID-19 Has Broken Agricultural Value Chains

With the number of people facing life-threatening hunger in the world expected to double this year to 265 million, solutions addressing each link in the food system are essential. Drawing from TechnoServe's work across value chains with a range of public and private partners, we highlight the latest challenges, insights, and promising approaches in the current effort to prevent widespread food insecurity and build greater long-term resilience.

Agriculture, COVID-19
Juliana stands in a coffee field in Peru

How Coffee is Creating a Brighter Future for Farmers and Entrepreneurs in Peru

When Juliana Solís Barón first opened her coffee shop in Peru’s San Martín region, she had no idea what to expect. Even before the coronavirus pandemic, running a coffee shop for the first time presented many challenges. But building a stable, prosperous coffee sector in this once-dangerous area is helping farmers and entrepreneurs like Juliana to improve their incomes and lives.

Agriculture, Coffee, Entrepreneurship