Celebrating 50 Years

TechnoServe was founded in 1968 to help hardworking people in the developing world lift themselves, their families, and their communities out of poverty.

In 2018, we proudly celebrated fifty years of impact and millions of lives transformed through the power of private enterprise. As we reflect on all that TechnoServe has accomplished together with our supporters, partners, and enterprising people around the world, we are excited to catalyze even greater change in the years ahead.

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TechnoServe begins working with rural farmers in Peru

We encourage the cultivation of non-traditional export crops such as cotton, citrus fruits, asparagus, and mangos which do not exhaust soil like traditional crops of rice and maize.

TechnoServe celebrates its 20th anniversary with a campaign to end world hunger

Twenty years after launching its first project supporting a milling business in Honduras, TechnoServe now has 180 employees, 9 country platforms, and an operating budget of $7 million. TechnoServe launches a campaign called the World Harvest Fund, which is overseen by a council of leaders committed to overcoming world hunger, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Norman Borlaug and former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara.

Financial Times ranks TechnoServe among world’s top 5 NGOs

A special report on corporate citizenship and philanthropy in the Financial Times rates TechnoServe as one of the world’s top non-governmental organizations, placing it fourth on the basis of business partnerships.


Explore some of TechnoServe's defining moments from the last 50 years.

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My enduring reward is the work itself. It is in the eyes and smiles and embraces of the people we help edge toward a better life. It is in the spirit of generosity my colleagues share with me. It is in the learning and insight I get from listening to our clients.
Chairman, TechnoServe

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