New Program to Help 28,000 Kenyan Micro-Enterprises Respond to the COVID-19 Crisis
Nairobi, Kenya – This month, international nonprofit TechnoServe and the Mastercard Foundation announced the launch of the Micro-Enterprises Strengthened for Pandemic Adaptation and Resilience in Kenya (mSPARK) program, a one-year partnership to help 28,000 entrepreneurs respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kenya’s micro, small, and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) sector…
How Much do You Know About COVID-19 and Food Security?
Global food systems are becoming increasingly vulnerable as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Widespread lockdowns and restrictions on movement have made it more difficult to grow, transport, process, and sell food. Take our quiz to learn more about the effects of COVID-19 on food insecurity around the world.
Ask a TechnoServe Expert: Kindra Halvorson on Food Security
In the "Ask a TechnoServe Expert" series, our staff members answer your questions about the critical global issues they work on every day. In this edition, Chief Transformation Officer Kindra Halvorson addresses questions about how the COVID-19 crisis is impacting food security in the developing world.
In Kenya, Small Shops Facing their Own Challenges Give Back to the Community
For the past three years, TechnoServe has partnered with Citi Foundation to celebrate Global Community Day — an opportunity to give back to local communities through service. This year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Citi is partnering with TechnoServe’s Smart Duka program to distribute care packages to children’s homes and senior homes in Nairobi, Kenya.
Side by Side: Supporting Women-Owned Businesses in Mozambique
Like many other micro-retailers in Mozambique, Juliana Mário has seen her sales decrease because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, with the support of TechnoServe’s Business Women Connect team, Juliana has learned how to keep her business open and maintain her livelihood through these difficult times.
Helping Africa’s Food Systems Respond to Covid-19
In this article for Farming First, TechnoServe's Kindra Halvorson presents a strategy for strengthening Africa's food systems in the face of COVID-19.
Survey Results: Impact of COVID-19 on Micro-Retail Businesses
Read the results from TechnoServe's survey of 337 micro-retail program participants about the impact COVID-19 has had on their businesses.
COVID-19 Threatens the Developing World’s Small Businesses. This Is How to Save Them
TechnoServe's Alice Waweru and Juan Carlos Thomas write for the World Economic Forum's Agenda about how to provide effective support to entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 crisis.
In the Face of COVID-19, We Must Invest in More Resilient Food Systems in Africa
TechnoServe's chief transformation officer, Kindra Halvorson, writes in Agrilinks about the importance of supporting African businesses to avoid food crises in the region.