West Africa

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
Nigerian entrepreneur Endurance Boms smiles with pride in front of her small business, which she has maintained despite the COVID-19 crisis. Empowered by business training from TechnoServe's PAYED program, she feels a renewed sense of hope for the future of her family and her personal economic stability.

How Business Training Helps Nigerian Entrepreneurs Navigate the COVID-19 Crisis

When Endurance Boms first opened her small beauty shop in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, she struggled to keep track of her sales and inventory. Then, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, her sales slowed to a crawl. A TechnoServe program gave Endurance the business training and support she needs to achieve success as a Nigerian entrepreneur. Now, she can confidently maintain a reliable income source – even during a global crisis.

COVID-19, Entrepreneurship, Micro-Retail
Elisabeth Atchade lives in Benin with her husband and four children

Addressing Gender-Specific Challenges for Women Cashew Farmers in Benin

For women and girls in the developing world, COVID-19 is exacerbating existing inequities and creating new challenges. In Benin, women cashew farmers like Elisabeth Atchade must juggle many responsibilities, including earning money for the household while also taking on the majority of child care responsibilities. Learn how a TechnoServe program is helping women address these challenges and emerge from the crisis even stronger.

Agriculture, Cashews, COVID-19, Women's Economic Empowerment