MEDA - Global

Haiti | Pathways to a Better Life

CLM project woman in marketAs the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and with over 50% of the population living on less than $1 per day, Haiti continues to struggle to recover from the 2010 earthquake that propelled it into crisis. In terms of the situation for women in Haiti, poverty and violence against women are serious issues further exacerbated by the systemic gender-based discrimination that has existed for decades. Steps toward ensuring the plight of Haitian women is heard are being taken – and MEDA is playing a role.

INFRONT (Impact Investing in Frontier Markets)

INFRONT LogoSmall and medium enterprises (SMEs) play a pivotal role in driving economic growth in emerging economies, however face significant challenges to improving their businesses. INFRONT will work throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America to expand the ability of SMEs to access investment capital, adopt and implement enlightened business practices, and accurately measure social impact.

INNOVATE | Adoption of Agricultural Innovations through Non-Traditional Financial Services

To achieve the second Sustainable Development Goal by 2030, “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture,” a large percentage of the 1.5 billion smallholder farmers in the world, responsible for half of the world’s food supply, will need to increase the productivity of their production systems. Many of these farmers, particularly women, are trapped in a vicious cycle of low productivity and low earnings that limit their capacity and willingness to adopt innovations.

Myanmar | Improving Market Opportunities for Women

Myanmar 322v1Myanmar is a country in transition with a rapidly changing economy after emerging from decades of relative isolation. The country is slowly becoming an important actor in Southeast Asia but remains among the world’s poorest and least developed countries.

Nicaragua | Techno-Links+

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Background

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Due to a difficult history of war, political unrest, economic crises, and natural disasters, Nicaragua is overcoming many challenges as it strives toward economic growth.

Despite recent strides in reducing poverty, Nicaragua remains the least developed economy in Central America. Rural farmers in particular struggle to connect to markets and or prosper in an unstable agricultural economy. Agriculture plays a significant role in Nicaraguan life, especially for women, but productivity and growth rates trail far behind the rest of the region. Meanwhile, climate change is creating challenges for smallholder farmers’ livelihoods.

Since many farmers have little access to technology or technical know-how, they struggle with low productivity. Modern tools and equipment are hard to access as they are expensive, complicated to operate and require training.

Ukraine | Ukraine Horticulture Business Development Project (UHBDP)

103 103Ukraine’s agriculture sector is the country’s third largest economic sector and provides 20% of the country’s employment. In spite of excellent growing conditions, Ukrainian agriculture is hindered by comparatively low yields and productivity. The bulk of production comes from the small and medium farms which cultivate 65% of agricultural land.