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Women in Senegal sitting in field

Waterloo, ON, December 19, 2018 – Today, on behalf of the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development, the Honourable Bardish Chagger announced funding for a new five-year project with MEDA that will improve the economic resilience of women and youth farmers in Senegal.

Nouveau projet MEDA pour soutenir les pratiques agricoles et commerciales durables

Waterloo, ON, le 19 décembre 2018 - Aujourd’hui, au nom de l’honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, ministre du Développement international, l’honorable Bardish Chagger a annoncé le financement d’un nouveau projet quinquennal avec MEDA qui améliorera la résilience économique des agricultrices et des jeunes agriculteurs au Sénégal.

Allan Sauder speaks at Convention 2018

Indianapolis, USA, December 6, 2018 — As Allan Sauder retires from Mennonite Economic Development Associates in December after 16 years as president, he will leave behind an organization that reaches much further than it did when he joined.

Dr. Dorothy Nyambi, the new president and CEO of the Mennonite Economic Development Associates, is shown at the development agency’s Waterloo offices on Tuesday.

Waterloo, ON, October 15, 2019 — Taking the helm of the Mennonite Economic Development Associates was a simple decision for Dr. Dorothy Nyambi.

"It's unique and it's sustainable," she said.

Nigerian man seen filling a bucket of water for irrigation

Nigeria, March 14, 2018 - 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. 

Allan Sauder speaks at Convention 2018

Waterloo, ON, February 27, 2018 - Allan Sauder, Mennonite Economic Development Associates’ (MEDA) longest serving president, told staff this week of his intention to retire at year-end, initiating an orderly leadership transition process which will take place over the balance of 2018. The board of directors will begin a global search to select a new leader.

Volunteer expert Kathleen Campbell facilitating

Tanzania, February 26, 2018 - 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.

Man seen facing street shops in Ghana

Ghana, February 22, 2018 – Mr Amidu Chinnia Issahaku, the Acting Upper West Regional Minister, has expressed government’s commitment to create a just society where fair opportunities for all Ghanaians are ensured regardless of their location.

Ashlyn Shantz of Heidelberg, Ont., right, shares a meal together with a local in the village of Win Poat, Myanmar.

Myanmar, January 24, 2018 - 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.

Jerry Quigley of MEDA meets with INTA and MEFCCA authorities

Nicaragua, January 24, 2018 - The Authorities of the Ministry of Family Economy and the Nicaraguan Institute of Agriculture (INTA) have signed an inter-institutional cooperation agreement with the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA).

The cooperation is for the implementation of a project to advance towards prosperity, including the agri-food sector, for an amount of 9.2 million Canadian dollars, financed by the Canadian Government.

The GEM Framework being used in consultation

Michigan, USA, January 1, 2018 - While impact investing has become a buzzword in global development in recent years, the concept and practice had been around for decades before the sector even had a name.

Hands on paper

Canberra, Australia, December 18, 2017 — Ten projects have been awarded funding of up to $500,000 Australian dollars ($377,000) from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through round two of their business partnerships platform, or BPP.

Women farmers in Myanmar trek up a hill

Waterloo, ON, November 8, 2017 - Laverne Brubacher doesn't consider himself an avid cyclist. But in November the 73-year-old from St. Jacobs, Ont., plans to join 16 other Canadians and three Americans riding 355 km through the South Asian nation of Myanmar.