NEW YORK – Muhtar Kent, chairman of The Coca-Cola Company, was honored at the TechnoServe 50th Anniversary Gala for his outstanding contributions to advance Golden Triangle partnerships and create social and economic value for communities in the more than 200 countries and territories where Coca-Cola operates.

TechnoServe has been a strong partner of The Coca-Cola Company since work initiated on Project Nurture in 2010, a partnership with the Gates Foundation to support 54,000 mango and passion fruit farmers in Kenya and Uganda, 30 percent of whom were women. This was quickly followed by a partnership on Haiti Hope to create economic opportunities for Haitian mango farmers and their families following the devastating earthquake in January 2010.

Since then, TechnoServe and Coca-Cola have worked together on other projects including with women coffee growers in Colombia, and mango farmers in India.

During brief remarks at the Oct. 10 gala, Kent credited TechnoServe with “changing the calculus for poverty alleviation and changing the world in the process – one project, partner and life at a time.”

He added, “Technoserve and Coca-Cola make great partners because we share a bedrock belief in the power of free enterprise to help people rise up from poverty to improve their lives and those of their children. I’m proud of what we’ve done together to help Haitian mango growers, empower women coffee farmers in Colombia, and brighten the futures of small-scale fruit growers in East Africa.”

Other Gala honorees include Paul E. Tierney, Jr. chairman of the Board, TechnoServe, and co-founder and managing member, Development Capital Partners; Suzanne Nora Johnson, former vice chairman, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.; and Mark Cutifani, chief executive, Anglo American.

Read more from Kent on the importance of partnerships here.