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More people, demand for meat and climate change will force massive changes to agriculture, author says

A growing world population plus declining crop yields due to environmental stresses will trigger radical changes to what we grow and how we eat in coming decades, Amanda Little says.

“Climate change is becoming something we can taste,” she said in a speech to MEDA’s annual convention. “This is a kitchen table issue in the literal sense.”

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Pandemic forces business owner to close longtime Elmira restaurant

By Mike Strathdee

The restaurant sector has always had a high mortality rate.

Industry statistics suggest one in 10 new restaurants in Canada, and a much higher number in the US, close within their first year. Only half make it past the five year mark.

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New strategic plan sets target in alignment with UN development goals

MEDA is setting an ambitious target of creating or sustaining decent jobs for half a million people within a decade, attendees at the organization's annual meeting heard.

“We have a bold new goal of helping 500,000 people obtain decent work, primarily women and youth, by 2030,” said Leah Katerberg, MEDA’s vice-president of innovation and impact, said of the organization’s new strategic plan, which was launched in July.

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Food processors, tourism firm say MEDA support has strengthened their businesses, improved the lives of their farmer suppliers

Partnering with MEDA has been key to success and providing improved incomes to thousands of people who supply or work for their operations, say three entrepreneurs who spoke at the organization’s annual convention.

MEDA’s convention in early November was held online over two days instead of the usual three day, in-person experience, due to the pandemic.

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Kansas farmers work with food processor to build healthier soil

By Jim French

A realistic assessment of the agriculture sector’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions is a complicated affair. By some estimates, agriculture emits 10.5 percent of total US greenhouse gases and a similar amount in Canada. But farming also can help reduce emissions and remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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Retirement volunteering provides jobs for Romanians

By Sheri Hartzler

Jay Hartzler has turned his long-time summer hobby of doing custom woodwork projects in a home workshop into employment for people in a Romanian village where work is hard to come by.

After he retired from a 42-year career as a music teacher at two Mennonite high schools – Christopher Dock and Eastern Mennonite – he and I moved to Romania in 2013 for a year of work as Nazarene Compassionate Ministry volunteers.

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By Cora Broaddus

Food truck and hard work keep restaurant founder moving ahead

(Businesses started by minorities face many challenges. Brookings Institutionresearch has found that Black-owned businesses start with a third less capital than their white peers and have trouble raising private investments. Only one percent of Black business-owners get loans their founding year compared to seven percent of white business-owners -The pandemic has magnified the challenges facing minority business owners. Cora Broaddus looks at how three Lancaster restaurants owned by people of color are coping. – ED)

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By John Longhurst

Letting employees express their beliefs while respecting others leads to more successful businesses, foundation president argues.

Freedom of religion is an important element of business success, Brian Grim says.

“When people feel free to bring their whole selves to work, including their faith, they feel they have a place in the company,” says Grim, president of the Maryland-based Religious Freedom and Business Foundation.

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MEDA partners train farmers how to battle deadly toxins.

Rural farmers in Nigeria, particularly women and youth, are hard hit by a number of environmental and market factors.

Aflatoxins, a family of toxins produced by fungi which are abundant in warm and humid regions of the world, attack crops such as groundnuts (peanuts), maize and rice. This reduces the quality and price paid for these crops.

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Kenyan farmers overcome pandemic restrictions through use of digital tools

By Joseph Kuria

Kenyan farmers and a MEDA partner firm they supply are embracing digital tools to minimize face-to-face business during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kenya’s first COVID-19 case was reported March 13. By March 25, the Kenyan government had an- nounced a nation-wide dusk to dawn curfew and stopped travel to counties that were recording new cases.

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Indiana motorcycle manufacturer relies on Amish craftsmen to build components for their products

By Marshall V. King

GOSHEN, Indiana — When Richard Worsham and Devin Biek founded Janus Motorcycles in 2011, they knew they could get just about anything machined, welded, or crafted for their bikes in this part of the world.

The two started building small 250cc motorcycles with a reliable engine made in China that is used on motorcycles across the globe. These aren’t massive motorcycles that embody the notion that more is better.

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By Dorothy Nyambi

Our world has changed significantly since I started at MEDA in 2018. As we wrestle with the unprecedented implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the movements for racial justice in the US and around the world, the effects on us individually and collectively have been significant.

The development sector is going through a renewed wave of societal changes — shifts in geopolitical power distribution, a surge in nationalism, lessening trust in institutions, and increased demands to prove results — and we need to adapt.

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Kenyan woman works to raise farmers’ income

Rose Mutuku has always wanted to give back to her community by helping farmers in her region.

Growing up in a difficult area of Kenya where she had to walk more than six miles to fetch a litre of water, she knew well the struggles of small scale farmers in her region.