Support farmers in the fight against climate change

The impact of climate change is being felt across every region MEDA works, including Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia.

Drought, flooding, extreme weather, disease, and pests: these environmental shocks are widespread. Nowhere is immune. Those in the Global South, especially farmers, feel the greatest impact. That’s because rural communities in those regions depend on a stable climate and a healthy environment to ensure a successful harvest and their survival.

The right tools and training to help farmers combat the effects of climate change exist. And through your support, farmers around the globe can access the climate smart technology needed to become more resilient against future environmental threats.

Karen Technolinks+ project

Karen Technolinks+ project Karen is an onion farmer and mother from Condega, Nicaragua. She works hard on her farm to provide for her family, fertilizing one and a half acres with an old crane backpack fertilizer sprayer. Yet, it takes a full day to spray the entire farm and over time, it became too expensive for Karen to fertilize the field herself. To save time, she paid a spraying service to fertilize her fields and through this process, they sprayed harmful chemicals onto her land.

One day, Karen was attending a local community meeting where she learned about MEDA’s Technolinks + project and how it offered an e-voucher for eligible farmers from her community to aid in the purchase of upgraded, climate smart technology. Karen got together with other farmers and, using the e-voucher that was provided, they bought a newer and more efficient fertilizer sprayer. Not only has work become easier and more productive for her and her fellow farmers – they are working as efficiently with five workers as with twenty – but they have also reduced their use of harmful agrochemicals by 50%. Now they are producing their crops in a safe and more eco-friendly manner and have the tool they need to spread organic pesticides which helps to ward off harmful pests and fungi.

The e-voucher made a concrete difference for Karen and her group of farmers: it enabled them access to the equipment and training needed for a more successful and productive harvest.

One day, Karen was attending a local community meeting where she learned about MEDA’s Technolinks + project and how it offered an e-voucher for eligible farmers from her community to aid in the purchase of upgraded, climate smart technology. Karen got together with other farmers and, using the e-voucher that was provided, they bought a newer and more efficient fertilizer sprayer. Not only has work become easier and more productive for her and her fellow farmers – they are working as efficiently with five workers as with twenty – but they have also reduced their use of harmful agrochemicals by 50%. Now they are producing their crops in a safe and more eco-friendly manner and have the tool they need to spread organic pesticides which helps to ward off harmful pests and fungi.

The e-voucher made a concrete difference for Karen and her group of farmers: it enabled them access to the equipment and training needed for a more successful and productive harvest.

Even with the great challenges that climate change poses to farmers and entrepreneurs in Nicaragua and around the world, success stories like Karen’s can happen.

But your support is needed now. Without addressing this issue, communities will face food shortages, climate caused migration, security issues and extreme weather. People who live in lower-income countries will bear the worst brunt of this crisis.

The equipment and training needed exists and you can provide access to it. Enable farmers, like Karen, to fulfill their God-given potential to earn a livelihood and lift themselves, their families, and their communities out of poverty.