Programs & Projects

TechnoServe

2011

Overview

TechnoServe was founded in 1968 to assist the rural poor in identifying and capitalizing on business opportunities. In 2009, TechnoServe implemented a pilot program to increase the income of 2,800 soy farmers across five districts of Southeast Rajasthan with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and Bunge, one of the largest global procurers/traders of soy. Ross student intern Rohini Chojnacki identified the optimal farming organization governance structure; identified the most appropriate model for sustainable market linkages; developed partnerships and credit terms with financial institutions that could provide access to credit; identified partners to facilitate storage of the soybean produce in warehouses; and developed an ICT-based system to provide timely information.


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