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Map of study areas showing Kenya Uganda and Tanzania

MEDA's Expanding Access to Supply Chain Finance for SMEs in East Africa (EASE) project with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) is committed to the improved access to finance in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania by commercializing technology driven supply-chain financing solutions to small and medium enterprise (SME) value chains in East Africa through various banks and financial institutions. 

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.

The overall objective of Themar is to help transition Yemen to a non-oil economy through the creation of an environment conducive to private sector development and job creation, which could eventually lead to poverty reduction.