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.
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.
Cocoa cooperatives have difficulty accessing conventional bank financing for several reasons:
- The quality of their accounting and financial management often does not allow them to access other sources of funding.
- The cooperatives are not always informed about the sources of funding available.
- Banks do not develop enough financial products and services adapted to the needs of cooperatives.
To be sustainable, it's not enough for producer organizations to be profitable. They also need to develop their organizational and leadership capacity.
Farmer cooperative leaders benefit more from the advice and adopt more recommendations when they are provided during the crop sales season.
Cooperatives should receive coaching in order to offer members better social and agricultural services without incurring a loss.
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.
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.
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.
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.