Entrepreneurship

youth unemployment is a widespread challlenge in Tanzania. 24-year-old Asia Abdallah sits at her house in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Tackling Youth Unemployment Through Entrepreneurship and Skills Training

In Tanzania, young people like Asia Abdallah often face an uphill battle when entering the job market. With few formal sector jobs available, many turn to entrepreneurship. But without the practical skills to get started, entrepreneurship can present challenges. TechnoServe is equipping youth with the skills they need to gain formal employment or run their own successful businesses.

Entrepreneurship, Women's Economic Empowerment, Youth Economic Opportunity
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

How Agri-Entrepreneurs are Finding New Opportunities in Poultry Production

In Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, agri-entrepreneurs like Helena and Amândio are seeking to lift themselves out of poverty by expanding their businesses. But even good market opportunities, like poultry production, can pose challenges when entrepreneurs lack the technical knowledge to run enterprises successfully. TechnoServe’s Catalisa program teaches small-scale poultry producers how to profitably produce chickens for the live market through hands-on training and one-on-one coaching, enabling them to expand their production and earn higher incomes.

Agriculture, Entrepreneurship
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
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