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TechnoServe is an international nonprofit that promotes business solutions to poverty in the developing world by linking people to information, capital and markets. It is a registered 501(c)(3) based in Washington, D.C., with over 1,300 employees across 30 countries worldwide.
TechnoServe's mission is to work with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. This helps grow strong markets that create income, jobs and wealth for poor individuals and communities.
TechnoServe works with individuals and businesses to address local or regional constraints that prevent market systems from operating efficiently. The organization focuses on market systems that have a clear opportunity, the potential for inclusive growth, and the potential for scale. TechnoServe addresses market system failures in three ways
- Developing capacity: TechnoServe helps individuals and communities acquire necessary skills, share relevant knowledge, and apply productive technologies needed to build successful farms and businesses.
- Strengthening market connections: TechnoServe helps coordinate industry players and connect emerging businesses and farms to capital, networks, and suppliers.
- Improving the business environment: TechnoServe helps encourage self-sustaining economic activity by addressing the policies, information and incentives that help markets function better
In 2013, TechnoServe’s work benefited 2.2 million people in 30 countries
TechnoServe works with enterprising men and women in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries.