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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. 

Women farmers in Myanmar pose for the camera

Leamington, USA, October 12, 2017 - This November, David Dyck and his son Andrew of Learmington will be cycling in Myanmar to raise money to support women-owned businesses and farming enterprises.

Site for greenhouse veg growers under construction

Ukraine, September 27, 2017 -  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.

Elaine Shantz and Miriam Turnbull on their hike

Waterloo, ON, September 21, 2017 - Two local entrepreneurs are wrapping up their hike of the 900 kilometers on Bruce Trail.

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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