West Africa

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
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Hope and Resilience During COVID-19: Part 2

For over 50 years, TechnoServe has helped hardworking women and men in the developing world gain the skills, connections, and confidence to create self-sustaining businesses and build a path out of poverty. In part two of this series, we ask a few of these farmers and entrepreneurs to share how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their lives and how they are coping with its effects.

Agriculture, Cashews, Youth Economic Opportunity
COVID 19
Riz Yusufali presents at the Nigeria CEO forum.

Major Food Fortification Advances Support Better Nutrition in Nigeria

Food fortification is one of the best ways to fight malnutrition at scale. This is particularly important in countries like Nigeria, which has the largest number of malnourished people in Africa. Recently, leaders from across Nigeria's public and private sector gathered virtually to highlight some rare progress in combating this problem: major improvements in the country's food fortification. 

Entrepreneurship, Food Processing

Fact versus Fiction: The Role of Food Processing in Global Nutrition

Over the years, the term “processed foods” has acquired a less-than-healthy connotation, especially in higher-income countries. However, processing certain foods can actually improve nutrition — and is a key way to improve food security in the developing world. Learn some of the common misconceptions around food processing and how TechnoServe helps businesses improve their operations and provide more nutritious food for consumers.

COVID-19, Entrepreneurship, Food Processing