What We've Learned

Lessons from our Projects

TechnoServe’s projects yield a wealth of lessons that can help us – and others – improve our work. Through this interactive platform, we share succinct insights from our projects every year, in order to build on this knowledge for even greater impact in the future.

Select a technical field below to see the lessons we have learned from our work, and click the links to learn more.

Cote d'Ivoire
Cocoa
Cocoa

Access to finance from cooperative societies needs sufficient guarantees to support claims. A guarantee fund could be set up to facilitate the financing requested by the cooperatives involved in the project.

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Access to Finance Organization
Cote d'Ivoire
Cocoa
Cocoa

Cocoa cooperatives have difficulty accessing conventional bank financing for several reasons:

  1. The quality of their accounting and financial management often does not allow them to access other sources of funding.
  2. The cooperatives are not always informed about the sources of funding available.
  3. Banks do not develop enough financial products and services adapted to the needs of cooperatives.

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Access to Finance Organization
Peru
Cocoa
Cocoa

To be sustainable, it's not enough for producer organizations to be profitable. They also need to develop their organizational and leadership capacity.

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Capacity Building Organization
Cote d'Ivoire
Cocoa
Cocoa

Farmer cooperative leaders benefit more from the advice and adopt more recommendations when they are provided during the crop sales season.

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Capacity Building Organization
Cote d'Ivoire
Cocoa
Cocoa

Cooperatives should receive coaching in order to offer members better social and agricultural services without incurring a loss.

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Capacity Building Organization
Honduras
Coffee
Coffee

Community seed banks are more likely to succeed and continue operating when they are linked to a producer organization and have access to an irrigation system.

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Inputs Market Links Organization
Nicaragua
Livestock
Livestock

It is most effective to work simultaneously with livestock producer organizations and their members, because many outcomes, like improved milk quality, require the adoption of new practices by both farmers and the organizations they supply.

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Capacity Building Organization
Tanzania
Small and Growing Businesses
Small and Growing Businesses

Community members such as market-level leaders and other businesses serve as some of the best recruiters for participants in entrepreneurship training; programs should engage them early on.

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Capacity Building Organization
Kenya
Small and Growing Businesses
Small and Growing Businesses

Joining official business groups helps shop owners to improve coordination and collaboration among themselves and key market actors, while also increasing collective bargaining power with manufacturers and suppliers.

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Market Links Organization