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As published on Fresh Plaza, by Andrii Chornyi

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It took just over 4 months to reconstruct an old Soviet-era motor transport enterprise into the first stage of a logistics center, capable of receiving and processing up to 80 tons of vegetables a day. The facility makes it possible for small and medium greenhouse producers to bring their vegetables to be sorted, packaged, palletized and, most importantly, quickly cooled to a temperature of 5˚С in order to preserve the proper quality required by the market (exports in particular), extend shelf life and transport fresh F&V without losses.

As published on CBC: Kitchener-Waterloo

Two local entrepreneurs are wrapping up their hike of the 900 kilometers on Bruce Trail.

Elaine Shantz and Miriam Turnbull took on the walk to support a local initiative that aims to help women farmers in Northern Ghana grow and have access to nutritious foods.

As published in the Owen Sound Sun Times

MEAFORD - Some Meaford Long Term Care residents have been walking the home's halls and in its garden in symbolic support of an end-to-end Bruce Trail walk underway by the president of the company that now owns the home.

Wednesday several residents will meet Elaine Shantz, president and chief operating officer of peopleCare, which recently purchased the facility. They'll meet at the Walter's Falls Inn, near where the Bruce Trail passes through Walter's Falls, and have lunch.

Hiking 900 kilometers to help developing countries - CTV Kitchener Local Heroes from MEDA on Vimeo.

As published in SeedWorld - by Dennis Thompson

Nestled up in the northwest corner of Ghana, is an entrepreneurial group of female farmers keen on gaining skills, generating revenue and reputations as Quality Seed producers. Several kilometers away, other women farmers watch over their commercial soybean fields and tout the value of Quality Seed. Stella, proudly but demurely, serves as the spokeswoman for the community of Quality Seed producers.

As printed online at the Global Compact Network Canada

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To celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary next year and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) welcomes you to contribute to an enlightening publication for Canada and the world by writing a letter to the next generation of leaders.

A message from The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie

Your voice counts! Global Affairs Canada (GAC) wants to hear your feedback as part of their International Assistance Review. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to shape how Canada works around the world.

In a recent segment on FaithFM (a radio station serving the Waterloo Region), David Eagle, MEDA's associate director for East Africa programs, gave an overview of our Cassava project in Tanzania. Listen in to hear David describe MEDA's work to develop sustainable livelihoods for millions of people living in poverty. Interview by Jess Huxman of Mennonite Foundation Canada.

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A Canadian nonprofit teams up with D2L to train women founders in Libya and beyond

By Ainsley O'Connell (@ainsleyoc)

Originally published in Fast Company

 Welcome to Libya, where life goes on amid political and economic turmoil.

"You might be standing on your balcony enjoying the view and—bam!—hear this explosion, but it’s not always like that," says entrepreneur Amal Delawi, a cancer survivor and working mom who lives in Tripoli. Following the 2011 revolution, which toppled longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi, and her cancer treatment, which required travel to Egypt, she was broke and unemployed.

By Hope McKeever

Photos: Nate Bergey

Globally, markets serve as the epi-center of economic and social involvement. Likewise, with outdoor farmer’s markets, Pennsylvania is no stranger to a market model of community building and agricultural emphasis. From spicy Mexican enchiladas to sweet chocolate truffles from Ukraine, many countries have traditions that make their market experience unique. Market place goods are often linked to the economic and social atmosphere of a country. MEDA saw this as the perfect vehicle to raise awareness about our important work and support the creation of opportunities for people living in poverty.
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Source: "Fortifying cooking oil for children's health" in the University of Waterloo's Daily Bulletin

More than half a million children under the age of five have died in Tanzania in the past decade as a result of inadequate nutrition, but a new joint project with some Waterloo roots will increase access to one important micronutrient and potentially save lives.

Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), the University of Waterloo, and Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania just launched a two-and-a-half-year project aimed at reducing vitamin A deficiency using fortified foods.

 

Impact Investing in Frontier Markets

When we think of global health security, we cannot look at it as a single issue.

I believe we have to look at the entire well-being of the individual.

There is a strong link between health and economics.

Source: "Canada Continues to Support Agricultural Development in Ethiopia" on the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada website

Minister MacKay and MP Armstrong announce two projects that will help boost farmers' productivity and resilience

February 1, 2015 - Truro, Nova Scotia - Today, on behalf of the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and Scott Armstrong, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment and Social Development and Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, participated in an event at Dalhousie University to highlight Canada's continued support for agriculture in Ethiopia.