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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. 

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ATTSVE Training PhotoMost Agriculture Technical and Vocational Training Colleges (ATVETs) in Ethiopia are located in rural areas and focus largely on competency-based curriculum approaches and outcomes. ATVETs and their students are increasingly interested in practical programming that emphasizes rural economic growth through agriculture and development of the private sector.

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Despite rapid economic growth during the past decade (averaging 10.8% growth/year) 87% of Ethiopians live on less than USD $2 per day.

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FEATS 01Ghana’s tree crops subsector accounts for a substantial 16% of GDP (US$4 billion) and sustains over 1.6 million families. Cocoa alone contributes 11.5% to GDP and nearly one-third of the country’s foreign exchange earnings. (All 2013 data - latest available)

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While Kenya is generally one of the more developed countries on the Africa content, high levels of inequality and poverty persist, especially in rural areas. Unemployment rates in Kenya are very high at 11%1, with unemployment among youth particularly high at 22.1%2. While many job opportunities exist in Nairobi, limited opportunities exist outside of the capital.

Advance MyanmarLocation: Kayin State, Myanmar

Partnership Overview: The ADVANCE Myanmar partnership pilots the development of a new regional market for East West Seed (EWS), an international seed supplier in Kayin, Myanmar, primarily using a ‘woman lead farmer’ model. This initiative aims to improve smallholder farming practices through training and demonstration plots, and facilitate market linkages to support farmers to sell their produce. This initiative brings together two organizations already active in agriculture in Myanmar: EWS and MEDA. Through MEDA’s Improving Market Opportunities for Women (IMOW) Project, MEDA is currently active in 29 villages in Kayin, improving rice production and working closely with the private sector. EWS is working with over 4,000 smallholder farmers in other parts of Myanmar, and across South East and South Asia.

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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.

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In Pakistan, 75 per cent of seed is uncertified and sold through informal channels. Most of this uncertified seed does not meet minimum quality standards, resulting in poor yields. Furthermore, most seed in Pakistan is produced by large-scale, commercial farmers. This initiative will instead work with smallholder farmers, introducing them to seed growing techniques and helping them to become part of the seed supply chain (for rice, wheat and vegetable seed). The partnership will bring together Engro Corporation and MEDA, which have worked together previously on large-scale dairy development initiatives. 

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The AVENIR project (Adaptation and Valorization of Entrepreneurship in Irrigated Agriculture in English) is implemented by MEDA and its key partner, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).

Through extensive consultations in Senegal with women, youth, farming households, government’s agencies, private sector and NGO intermediaries, as well as local and national stakeholders, MEDA and CIAT identified impediments to equal decision-making and access to resources at the household and community levels that limit the ability of both women and young people to respond optimally to climate change. These include limited knowledge of farming as a business; limited knowledge of climate-smart agriculture practices; poor irrigation; access to land, improved inputs and mechanized equipment; poor coordination across market actors; and time constraints due to obligations to fulfil household duties.

While working directly with local producer group, the AVENIR project will promote market opportunities that increase the value addition of agricultural production and target community-level conditions that foster socio-economic improvement such as relevant capacity building to spread the knowledge of improved land management and farm practices, access to affordable high-yield and drought-tolerant seed varieties, expanding extension capacity, linking farmers to access loans while providing financial incentives.

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Goal: To improve the socio-economic well-being and resilience of farming households, with an emphasis on women and young people, in the Senegal regions of Sedhiou and Tambacounda, via climate-adapted irrigation and agricultural practices. This will be done through:

  • Increasing socio-economic empowerment of women and youth;
  • Sustainable intensification of irrigated and climate-change adapted crops, including agroforestry, horticulture and rice crops;
  • Improving local governance and territorial management of water resources.

Reach: 10,000 women (70%) and young men (30%), and indirectly benefit up to 35,000 individuals in the regions of Sedhiou and Tambacounda.

Funder: Global Affairs Canada

Project Length: 2019-2024

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Cassava is a vital crop for millions of smallholder farmers in Tanzania. Cassava has shifted in status from a survival crop to a staple crop and now to a commercial crop generating an economically sustainable livelihood for farmers which is increasingly crucial to the agricultural transformation in Tanzania. Today, cassava farmers experience low productivity due to the use of low yielding varieties, poor agriculture practices and outbreaks of viral diseases which invest and destroy cassava plantings over large areas.

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RAPID” is an acronym derived from elements of the project title: RTB (Roots, Tubers & Bananas) Accelerator for rapid Propagation Innovations and Distribution of seeds (RAPID Banana)

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The ENGINE project will increase private sector investment leading to inclusive, broad-based economic growth in the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT). MEDA will be responsible to facilitate the growth and capacity building of a sustainable market for business development service (BDS) providers, resulting in at least 60 BDS providers becoming sustainable.

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The project aims to contribute to Tanzania’s economic growth and increase job creation by sustainably improving the business performance of small, growing businesses (SGBs) and small entrepreneurs (SEs). MEDA will work with local partners to provide business development services and support market development. MEDA will also help financial institutions improve access to financial services in the extractives, agri-food, logistics, construction, and manufacturing sectors.

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RAPID” is an acronym derived from elements of the project title: RTB (Roots, Tubers & Bananas) Accelerator for rapid Propagation Innovations and Distribution of seeds (RAPID Banana)

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UHBDP ClientUkraine’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 more than 50% of agricultural land.