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.

Guatemala
Coffee
Coffee

To engage youth in training, it is helpful to involve their parents by showing them why it's important to empower the next generation of farmers.

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Capacity Building Youth
Guatemala
Coffee
Coffee

Because they are quicker to take up new technologies and methods, youth can be enlisted to help their parents and other older farmers adopt new agricultural approaches. Youth outreach is therefore an important component of agricultural training programs.

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Capacity Building Youth
El Salvador, Guatemala
Small and Growing Businesses
Small and Growing Businesses

Since many young entrepreneurs tend to struggle with time management skills, specific training in this area is helpful for business success.

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Capacity Building Youth
Kenya
Small and Growing Businesses
Small and Growing Businesses

Indirect-training partners, especially early on, need channels for quick feedback and advice to enable them to course-correct and overcome challenges. Connecting partners to program staff and to each other through various social media platforms can be very successful.

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Capacity Building Youth
El Salvador, Guatemala
Small and Growing Businesses
Small and Growing Businesses

Important, but often overlooked, areas to assess when selecting entrepreneurs for an accelerator include their levels of commitment, motivation, and time availability.

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Youth
El Salvador, Guatemala
Small and Growing Businesses
Small and Growing Businesses

The young, early-stage entrepreneur needs more motivation to persevere in spite of obstacles and risks. In addition to providing advice on technical and strategic issues, advisors can also provide support and motivation on this front. Linking young businesspeople to older, more established entrepreneurs can help.

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Capacity Building Youth