Tag: M-SAWA

Why harnessing local knowledge is best- a conversation among project staff from Kenya and the Philippines

To better explain MEDA’s transformational journey towards embracing a North-South equilibrium and developing partnerships that are based on delivering systems-level impacts in agri-food systems, Catherine Sobrevega (Country Director, Philippines) and Geoffrey Juma (Country Director, Kenya) sat down with Jessica Villanueva, Senior Director, Technical Areas of Practice to reflect in their own words how their work addresses current trends in international development and contributes to the goals espoused by MEDA’s Strategic Plan.

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The large role micro, small and medium-sized enterprises play in the world

As the global economy struggles to emerge from the hardships of a lengthy pandemic and ongoing conflict, hopes for recovery will rest largely on the resilience of micro, small-and-medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). Fast-growing SMEs in particular are the biggest job creators – they tend to use more labor-intensive processes compared to larger enterprises, which encourages employment and can lead to more equitable income distribution.

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Promoting Sustainable Bioenergy in Kenya – Briq-O-Blaze Briquettes

Through MEDA’s M-SAWA project, funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC), TCP is providing 15-20 alternative fuel producer (50% women led) enterprises with training, mentorship, financial support, technical support, online resources, and access to a network of entrepreneurs to generate a positive economic and environmental impact by displacing use of traditional wood charcoal.

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Supporting Inter-generational Rice Farming in Kenya

Lucas Odhiambo Oduor has been a rice farmer since childhood, supporting his grandfather and father’s farming business. Now in his early thirties, Lucas is a married father of 3 children. As the first born in his family he is also responsible for supporting his parents and siblings.

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