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.

Nigeria
Agribusiness
Agribusiness

Messaging technology like WhatsApp can be an efficient way to aggregate demand for inputs among smallholder farmers and communicate with dealers.

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Inputs Technology
Zimbabwe
Agribusiness
Agribusiness

Many successful agribusiness innovations address bottlenecks across the value chain (e.g. from production to market) with very clear, meaningful returns to the farmer and the business. For example, when a firm invested in innovative new dryers that reduced post-harvest loss and allowed crops to be continuously harvested during the rainy season, both farmers and the business benefitted.

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Market Links Technology
El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua
Small and Growing Businesses
Small and Growing Businesses

The adoption by SMEs of basic communications and back-office technology like email and spreadsheets, rather than the use of advanced production technology, is correlated with a higher likelihood of growth.

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Capacity Building Technology
Tanzania
Small and Growing Businesses
Small and Growing Businesses

While digital training tools can help to achieve scale, not everyone can access them easily. Offering printed materials as an alternative can help to ensure inclusivity.

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Capacity Building Technology