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MEDA Recommendations for the Future of Canada's International Climate Finance

Tagged in Environment, Environment and Climate Change

MEDA Recommendations for the Future of Canada

MEDA – Mennonite Economic Development Associates – is an international economic development organization that creates business solutions to poverty. MEDA believes that the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation can empower businesspeople of all income levels to act as leaders of environmentally responsible growth. We work with businesses and entrepreneurs, and local partners to promote the business case for good environmental management and addressing climate change.

Currently MEDA works in 76 countries with 26 active projects in Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Most of MEDA’s clients are farmers, entrepreneurs and SMSE’s engaged within agricultural market systems and are experiencing the impacts of climate change firsthand. MEDA’s work brings a unique market systems approach to project design that integrates technical assistance and access to capital.

MEDA’s technical teams’ mainstream gender and social inclusion and environment and climate change within project design. This gives us valuable and up to date firsthand insight on the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation on the lives of the clients we work with in the Global South. The following response is the product of this insight.

Donor Impact Report - INFRONT

Tagged in EmergingMarkets, Environment, ESG, FrontierMarkets, ImpactInvesting, Investing, JobCreation, Sarona, SME, Sustainable

Donor Impact Report - INFRONT
Impact Investing in Frontier Markets (INFRONT) – a pilot project to test a blended finance approach – used public funds to attract private capital via Sarona Asset Management funds and provide technical assistance to small-medium enterprises (SMEs) in emerging markets. INFRONT addressed environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, created jobs and improved the delivery of goods and services. A Sustainability Innovation Grants (SIGs) program provided financial and in-kind support to SMEs to make their businesses more sustainable.

Donor Impact Report - UHBDP

Tagged in Access, Agriculture, Business, Environment, GenderEquality, Horticulture, marketsystems, SME, SupplyChain, UHBDP, Ukraine

Donor Impact Report - UHBDP
The Ukraine Horticulture Business Development Project (UHBDP) is building on MEDA’s success in phase one of our work with farmers in Ukraine. The main goal is to increase incomes of poor farmers in four oblasts – Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, Mykolayiv and Odessa by: Expanding access to markets; providing equipment, training and technical assistance on better agricultural practices; improving access to finance so farmers can grow their business; strengthening small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) to spur market expansion; promoting alliances and developing supply chain logistics to ensure cooperation.

Donor Impact Report - GROW

Tagged in Agriculture, Empowerment, Environment, FoodSecurity, GenderEquality, Ghana, GROW, Nutrition, Soy, VSLA, Women

Donor Impact Report - GROW
Soy beans are a ‘game changer’ for families in the Upper West region of Ghana. GROW is showing the potential of this crop to provide a window for economic and social empowerment of women, bridge the food supply gap and improve families’ nutrition and wellbeing. With soy beans, women are diversifying their household food supplies and improving nutrition, especially for their children. For GROW, soy is the right crop: Soy improves nutrition and raises incomes.