MEDA Recommendations for the Future of Canada’s International Climate Finance

MEDA – Mennonite Economic Development Associates – is an international economic development organization that creates business solutions to poverty. MEDA believes that the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation can empower businesspeople of all income levels to act as leaders of environmentally responsible growth. We work with businesses and entrepreneurs, and local partners to promote the business case for good environmental management and addressing climate change.

Currently MEDA works in 76 countries with 26 active projects in Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Most of MEDA’s clients are farmers, entrepreneurs and SMSE’s engaged within agricultural market systems and are experiencing the impacts of climate change firsthand. MEDA’s work brings a unique market systems approach to project design that integrates technical assistance and access to capital.

MEDA’s technical teams’ mainstream gender and social inclusion and environment and climate change within project design. This gives us valuable and up to date firsthand insight on the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation on the lives of the clients we work with in the Global South. The following response is the product of this insight.

Redefining finance for agriculture – Green Agricultural Credit for Smallholders in Peru (ENG/ESP)

This publication was originally published on Global Canopy’s website (04/04/2019).

The majority of Peru’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) comes from land use change, primarily caused by agricultural expansion into native Amazon forest. This occurs mostly in small patches and has historically been associated with smallholder agriculture. This means Peru’s agricultural sector needs to change if the country is to meet its climate targets.

Smallholders in the Amazon are one of the most vulnerable groups in Peruvian society. According to the most recent poverty statistics in Peru, around half of rural populations are poor. The jobs generated in these regions are predominantly in agriculture, and rural smallholders have not benefited equally from financial inclusion efforts, which concentrate in urban areas. Without access to the finance needed to transition to sustainability, smallholders are trapped in a cycle of deforestation.
This major new report details how this cycle of deforestation can be broken.


Esta publicación se publicó originalmente en el sitio web de Global Canopy (04/04/2019).
La mayoría de las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero (GEI) de Perú provienen del cambio en el uso de la tierra, principalmente debido a la expansión agrícola en el bosque nativo del Amazonas. La mayor parte de esto ocurre parte en parcelas pequeñas que históricamente se ha asociado con la agricultura de los pequeño agricultores. Esto significa que el sector agrícola de Perú debe cambiar para que el país cumpla con sus objetivos climáticos.

Los pequeños agricultores en la Amazonía son uno de los grupos más vulnerables en la sociedad Peruana. Según las estadísticas de pobreza más recientes en Perú, casi la mitad de las poblaciones rurales son pobres. Los empleos generados en estas regiones son predominantemente agrícolas, y los pequeños agricultores no se han beneficiado igualmente de los esfuerzos de inclusión financiera que se concentran en las áreas urbanas. Sin acceso al financiamiento necesario para la transición a la sostenibilidad, los pequeños agricultores se encuentran atrapados en un ciclo de deforestación.

Este nuevo informe importante detalla cómo se puede romper este ciclo de deforestación.