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 invests in cooperatives for widespread impact

Focusing on the ability of cooperatives to spark expansive growth for local economies, TechnoServe revises its statement of corporate purpose, emphasizing that it is “Technoserve’s purpose to improve the economic and social well-being of low-income people in developing countries through the community-based enterprise development process, which increases jobs, income, and productivity. TechnoServe accomplishes this by providing management technical assistance and training to enterprises and institutions, primarily related to the agricultural sector.”

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.

President Obama tours TechnoServe project in Ethiopia

President Obama visits Faffa Food plant, a business supported by TechnoServe and Partners in Food Solutions in Ethiopia, highlighting a unique public-private partnership that promotes nutrition and food security in Africa.

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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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