As published by CBC Radio: All in a Day with Alan Neal
Nigeria is seeing a surge of interest in agriculture, but violent conflicts in some parts of the country are holding people back from exploring that industry. Hear from Chom Bagu, Field Project Manager of our Nigeria WAY project in partnership with Global Affairs Canada.
Listen to the full interview here.
As published by VEGA.
Laura Alexander, Director of Programs and of the Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Special Program Support Project (SPSP) at Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA), recently visited VEGA’s Enabling Growth through Investment and Enterprise (ENGINE) program in Tanzania. Laura had the opportunity to get to know some of ENGINE’s highly skilled volunteers sent by implementing partners IESC and MEDA.
Volunteer expert Kathleen Campbell knows the potential waiting to be unlocked in small businesses around the world and the importance of strong business skills and services to generating sustainable growth. As a former executive of Ten Thousand Villages, a company that helps artisans in developing countries increase their income by creating long-term, fair trading relationships, Ms. Campbell has unique experience facilitating the sustainable growth of enterprises and value chains. Starting in October 2017, Ms. Campbell volunteered six weeks of her time with Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) on an assignment with VEGA’s Enabling Growth through Investment and Enterprise (ENGINE) program, implemented by International Executive Service Corps (IESC). The ENGINE program aims to encourage domestic and foreign investment by implementing policies that promote collaboration between the public and private sectors, equipping business for sustainable growth and increasing access to finance, especially for women and youth entrepreneurs. As part of these efforts, Ms. Campbell shared her technical and business expertise with over 60 service providers in the southern agricultural regions of Tanzania and in Zanzibar.
As published in Canadian Mennonite.
Ashlyn Shantz of Heidelberg, Ont., right, shares a meal together with a local in the village of Win Poat, Myanmar.
(Photo by Byron Shantz)
When I originally told friends and family of my intention to travel with my family to Myanmar, I was challenged with the idea of a known global-crisis country as a travel destination. However, we were completely removed from any threat of the Rohingya genocide crisis in the northwest of the country. Our experience was in the south, where Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) is impressively rooted in creating sustainable solutions to poverty there.
The idea of travelling with MEDA is attractive, deeply fulfilling and safe. MEDA has an ability to draw like-minded donors who are ecstatic to show their involvement and support, in this case for Myanmar on the Move, an initiative to improve the lives of 25,000 women farmers.