West Africa

Creating Change Through Cocoa in Ghana: Q&A With Former Fellow Yash Mehta

Yash Mehta is a former TechnoServe Fellow who worked remotely in Ghana earlier this year, where he helped a cocoa processing company improve its business plan and support smallholder farmers to increase their yields and incomes. In this Q&A, Yash shares what his remote fellowship experience was like and how it positively impacted his career path.

Agriculture, Environmental Sustainability
Cocoa, Fellows Program, Food Security, Regenerative agriculture

An Eco-Friendly, Woman-Owned Enterprise Supports Menstrual Equity in Benin

A new mother in Benin began making reusable diapers and menstrual pads after having her son. She quickly realized there was an opportunity to help other women by creating sustainable menstrual products – and empowering the next generation.

Entrepreneurship, Environmental Sustainability, Micro-Retail
Entrepreneurship, Local Economic Development, Small and Growing Businesses, Women's Economic Empowerment
The Micronutrient Fortification Index Launche

A New Tool for Business to Fight Malnutrition: Micronutrient Fortification Index Launches in Nigeria

Malnutrition is one of the world’s biggest development challenges. But food fortification can dramatically improve a population’s nutrition—if food processing companies have the right tools and knowledge. Last week, TechnoServe launched a new platform to help food processors track and improve fortification, marking important progress in fighting malnutrition in Nigeria and beyond.

Food Processing, Food Security
Photo of a food processor helping fight food insecurity in the developing world.

Food Processors Help Fight Food Insecurity in the Developing World. How Has COVID-19 Impacted Them This Year?

TechnoServe’s COVID-19 Impact Report examines how the pandemic disrupted key sectors of emerging economies and the livelihoods of those who work in them. Our second feature in our blog series on the report highlights the challenges food processors faced last year and the promising solutions that could help them maintain their key role in the value chain.

COVID-19, Food Processing
Photo of Elisabeth Atchade, a cashew farmer in Benin

One Year of COVID-19: Elisabeth Atchade, Cashew Farmer in Benin

In this series, we check back with TechnoServe program participants previously featured on our blog, documenting how their lives have changed and progressed. In our previous story on Elisabeth Atchade, a cashew farmer in Benin, the COVID-19 pandemic and resultant market panic left her with uncertainty about the future of her cashew production. Find out how she is doing now, eight months later.

Agriculture, Cashews, COVID-19
Resilience During COVID-19