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    expansion to cover the entire region He said the device had come to save time for other partners in the project who otherwise would have needed to transport personnel and experts onto the fields to engage farmers The project according to the Programme Coordinator of MEDA Mr Livinus Balog was a collaboration between MEDA and Literacy Bridge with support from key facilitating partners including ProNet North Partnership for Rural Development Action PRUDA Country Aid for Rural Development CARD and Centre for the Alleviation of Poverty Environment and Child Support He said the ratio of one extension officer to about 500 farmers in the region had made it almost impossible for the extension officers to be useful to farmers or effective in their work The device bridges that gap and helps the women farmers to acquire some knowledge that may otherwise never be available to them because of the small number of extension officers around he said Email Print 30m SME investment firm established in East Africa on 26 May 2015 Source 30m SME investment firm established in East Africa by Tom Jackson on Disrupt Africa A group of international investors have partnered to establish the US 30 million investment company Business Partners International East Africa BPI EA which will provide funding and support for SMEs in a number of sectors in the region Risk finance firm Business Partners the World Bank s investment arm the International Finance Corporation IFC Dutch impact investor Stichting DOEN and the Dutch development agency FMO have all put in US 6 million for a 20 per cent share in the company with the remaining 20 per cent held by the Swiss Investment Fund for Emerging Markets SIFEM and Canada based Mennonite Economic Development Associates MEDA BPI EA aims to encourage entrepreneurship facilitate job creation and contribute to small enterprise development by providing access to risk capital funding technical assistance and mentorship to SMEs in East Africa Value of transactions will range from US 50 000 to US 1 million Mark Paper chief operating officer COO of Business Partners International BPI said the company has recognised the need to expand into other African countries having been focused on South Africa He said there was enormous potential for the new company especially in targeting family owned SMEs are a large target audience In a global context Africa is rich in opportunities yet investment in local business has been constrained and access to finance remains a growth constraint for many SMEs SMEs typically fall into a gap between large corporations served by mainstream financiers and micro enterprises served by microfinance institutions he said Paper said this problem could be particularly acute for family owned businesses which comprise up to 95 per cent of SMEs in developing countries A large number of family owned SMEs are caught between informal sources of capital and commercial lending tools such as banks and private equity he said Private equity firms often refrain from lending to these SMEs as they either too small

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    branch reviewing lending and making and following policies Annually she is part of the team that reviews all files MSCU does not just loan and then leave the client for 10 years she says The new connection with MEDA including the chance to travel to the annual convention in Winnipeg last November opened her to the sense of wanting to be more involved with MEDA in the future although she still feels humbled to have been chosen for the award Email Print A giant has passed on 06 May 2015 Source A giant has passed by Wally Kroeker in the Canadian Mennonite originally appearing in The Marketplace Roy G Snyder 99 Oct 23 1915 Feb 11 2015 Mennonite Economic Development Associates MEDA lost one of its most enduring and faithful supporters on Feb 11 with the passing of Roy G Snyder of Waterloo Ont He was 99 He was a MEDA stalwart for more than half a century He was one of the initial board members of MEDA Canada and a signatory on its charter He oversaw programs in the Philippines and Bolivia the latter country producing many successful MEDA ventures The long family connection continues with Allan Sauder his son in law who is MEDA s president Snyder s calling and lifetime passion was the cattle industry in which he had few equals and for which his many recognitions include induction into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame and the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame He was acclaimed as the father of artificial insemination and pioneered the use of frozen semen and embryo transplants in cattle Under his innovative leadership the Waterloo Cattle Breeders Association was the first organization in the world to use 100 percent frozen semen setting an example for the rest of the breeding industry Throughout his career he travelled to 80 countries building up Canada s semen exporting trade He rubbed shoulders with dignitaries and prime ministers including John Diefenbaker and Pierre Elliot Trudeau Diefenbaker and his wife Olive showed up at the annual bull night of the Waterloo Cattle Breeders Association and ended up at the Snyders home to catch up on some rest Snyder had a hand in MEDA s maiden undertaking in Paraguay which aimed to bolster the cattle herds being raised by Paraguayan Mennonites Sustained efforts to which Snyder contributed by sending a shipment of Holstein semen were so successful that the Mennonite colonies virtually dominate the country s dairy industry today Up to the week before he died Snyder remained engaged with MEDA A few days before his death he was reading the last issue of The Marketplace and felt enough connection and vigor to offer a few points of critique We will miss him A lot Snyder was active in all aspects of Erb Street Mennonite Church Waterloo where he was a member and on the board of Conrad Grebel University College and the Mennonite Central Committee Heifer Sale in addition to his role with MEDA He was a

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    to be shared across Canada Our team will include both of them in our prayers May they remain strong and safe throughout this memorable journey for GROW GROW Greater Rural Opportunities for Women from MEDA on Vimeo GROW is helping women soybean farmers in Northern Ghana increase agricultural production strengthen their links to markets diversify the food they produce and understand more about nutrition Funded by Canada s Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development DFATD this six year project will improve the incomes and food security of 20 000 women and their families Email Print Southwestern Ontario s peopleCare receives prestigious award on 10 April 2015 Source Southwestern Ontario s peopleCare receives prestigious award from peopleCare For second year company is recognized as one of Delloitte s 50 best managed KITCHENER ON April 10 2015 CNW For the second consecutive year Kitchener s peopleCare has been recognized as one of Delloitte s prestigious Canada s 50 Best Managed Companies This award recognizes outstanding business performance and innovative management practices For over 40 years peopleCare s success has been founded in four key principles hiring the right people building a reputation of excellence efficient use of resources meeting and exceeding expectations said Brent Gingerich President and Chief Executive Officer peopleCare There is no question that senior care is playing an increasing important role in society As a third generation organization we are proud of our history and future providing this service to the people and families of Southwestern Ontario peopleCare s front line team is comprised of over 700 professionals who focus on providing care to residents in homes in Tavistock Cambridge London Kitchener Stratford and Delhi Currently peopleCare is in the process of designing a new retirement home in London that will provide a multitude of options ranging from independent living to assisted care For us peopleCare is not just a name it is what we do We care for and about people residents front line team members and the community in which we work and live said Elaine Shantz Chief Operating Officer We focus on providing much needed services to our residents by engaging our employees and developing leaders for peopleCare and the broader long term care sector peopleCare s commitment to long term care was recognized this year through the introduction of an innovative employee engagement model Closing the Loop The model empowers all employees to lead a project or introduce an idea where ever they are in the organization commented Elaine The front line team is given the freedom to use their expertise to enhance quality of life one resident at a time In addition the organization recently sent a team to Ghana as part of peopleCare s Beyond Ourselves initiative Supporting a women s GROW project as a partnership with Mennonite Economic Development Associates peopleCare raised over 40 000 matched 9 times by the Canadian government Participating in the trip Brent stated It was hard to know who benefited the most the women in Ghana

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    changes made to the University s multi billion dollar investment fund Email Print Ghana s House of Chiefs pledge to assist women access land for agriculture on 23 March 2015 Source House of Chiefs pledge to assist women access land for agriculture in myjoyonline com The President of the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs has called on government to support smallholder farmers to increase their productivity and income by improving the provision of agricultural extension services irrigation services and subsidized fertilizer under the Fertilizer Subsidy Programme Naba Sigri Bewong was speaking at a dialogue session organized by SEND Ghana with funding by Oxfam in Ghana which was attended by chiefs small holder farmers and Civil Society organization in the Region He acknowledged that women s engagement in the agricultural sector of Ghana has come under constrained circumstances in spite of the fact that they are responsible for up to 80 of food production These constraints he mentioned come from different sources broadly categorized under policy and institutional challenges as well as constraints with regards to culture and intra household power relations and access to services The President of the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs pledged his support to help increase women s access to land for agriculture purposes and called on chiefs in the region to address existing challenges to women s access to agricultural lands Speaking at the meeting Daniel Adotey a Programme Officer of SEND Ghana explained that for us at SEND Ghana one of our priority working areas is to help smallholder farmers including women farmers to access all the things they need in the farming and we believe that when you support women farmer she will work get money and bring some home to take care of the children But we have observed that there are some critical challenges facing smallholder farmers in this country including this region They include access to fertilizer access to Extension Services and more importantly access to land for farming All except land lies in the bosom of government It is the Chiefs who are the custodians of the land lies in the domain of Traditional Authorities We have advocated for government to continue with subsidized fertilizer programme and by April of this year according to government the subsidized fertilizer will be released We believe that we have to work with the Traditional Authorities to see the need to help women to get land to till in order to earn some income to feed their families Our meeting therefore is to plead with Naba Sigri Bewong to work with his colleague Traditional leaders to help our women to get land for long term for the purpose of Agriculture Naba Sigri assured the gathering that Sakote Traditional area has no problem releasing land for women for Agriculture purpose and therefore the issue is not a challenge He however added that he cannot vouch for the other Traditional areas and therefore gave the assurance that he will convey the message to

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    According to this memorandum DFATD Canada and MASHAV Israel shall execute joint projects particularly in Ukraine One of the priority areas for the cooperation is food security Based on the successful results of previous cooperation Canada is funding the second phase of the Ukraine Horticulture Business Development Project UHBDP to further promote small and medium enterprises The current project budget is 19 325 000 and covers a period from 2014 to 2021 It is expected that the project will assist over 30 000 farmers from the four most significant regions of Ukraine that deal with fruit and vegetable production Kherson Zaporizhzhya Mykolayiv and Odessa An important element of the new project is technical assistance and training programs for gardening professionals Special attention is paid to female farmers and small entrepreneurs who cannot reach the technical development of their businesses due to a lack of funds MASHAV shall provide training for professionals and small and medium businesses and also cooperates with agricultural educational institutions in Ukraine In addition MASHAV will provide advisory services to financial institutions to expand the support structures and development Email Print Every Day People in concert to support MEDA s Bike to GROW on 05 March 2015 Source Every Day People In Concert On Sunny Slope Farm on the Sunny Slope Farm website On Sunny Slope Farm a renowned event venue located in the Shenandoah Valley will host a fundraiser for MEDA Mennonite Economic Development Associates The event which will be open to the public and take place on Friday April 17th from 5 10 p m will feature music beer and wine tastings door prizes and food trucks Proceeds from the festival will support women farmers and entrepreneurs in Ghana through MEDA s Bike to GROW volunteer initiative MEDA is a great organization doing amazing things in the world says Harry Jarrett owner of On Sunny Slope Farm I m happy to help spread the word about the important work MEDA does to create business solutions to poverty Jarrett founded On Sunny Slope Farm in 2013 and has since been featured as a recipient of the 2015 Couples Choice Award by WeddingWire com A native of the Valley Jarrett is a passionate supporter of MEDA s mission and values Harry has a huge heart for others and an entrepreneurial spirit that really sets him apart We are thrilled that Harry has offered his venue to help us further our mission says Ethan Eshbach coordinator of engagement initiatives at MEDA This event will be a blast it s an awesome opportunity to have fun and help others at the same time Ticket options for the event range from 15 30 and are available at onsunnyslopefarm com events Tickets include a meal and a raffle ticket Alcoholic beverage tickets are optional About Mennonite Economic Development Associates MEDA MEDA is an international economic development organization whose mission is to create business solutions to poverty Founded in 1953 by a group of Mennonite business professionals we partner with the poor

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    Microvest I achieved financial returns in the mid single digits Social Capital from MicroVest s perpetual life fund has reached more than 3 5 million people through the financial institutions to which MicroVest lends Over half of the borrowers are women Produced by ImpactAlpha and the Case Foundation One of a series of impact profiles produced in conjunction with the Case Foundation s new publication A Short Guide to Impact Investing Email Print Chris Steingart builds websites and life on 16 February 2015 Source Chris Steingart builds websites and life by Dave Rogalsky in the Canadian Mennonite In print Late last year Mennonite Economic Development Associates MEDA presented its inaugural 20 under 35 Young Professionals Changing the World Awards honouring these young adults from Canada and the U S for their faith entrepreneurial spirit and service Ethan Eshbach coordinator of engagement initiatives for MEDA explains 20 under 35 connects the values behind MEDA s work around the world to those of young professionals here in North America From entrepreneurs to business professionals to community advocates to church leaders we have a very impressive mix Over the next few issues Canadian Mennonite will be featuring profiles of all six of the Canadian winners fivefrom Ontario and one from British Columbia Chris Steingart has been running his QT Webdesigns business from his home in Kitchener for the past eight years Besides designing and building websites QT also hosts websites and does brand and identity development The QT stands for Quality Transformations Steingarts commute to work got a bit longer lately after he and his wife Jillian added Maya in December to two year old Rowan Now his office has been relegated to the basement While he builds for anyone interested he has done a lot of work for congregations and Mennonite church related institutions including Mennonite Church U S A Silver Lake Mennonite Camp in Ontario and MennoMedia s new Shine curriculum Congregations include a number of United churches as well as Rockway Shantz Waterloo Kitchener and Breslau Mennonite churches Breslau Mennonite is where the Steingarts call home Having worked as a youth pastor at Waterloo Kitchener Mennonite before a period of teaching English in South Korea and getting QT off the ground Steingart thinks he understands congregational and Mennonite culture in order to build sites that better fit their needs The ethics and beliefs of these institutions inform how he does business Working from home allows him to support his spouse better and spend time with his children while at the same time serving the church and community He likes the flexibility of being able to break his day into sections based on other needs for himself and his family Steingart has depended on word ofmouth advertising One website for a realtor in Ottawa resulted in a dozen jobs there After eight years he is also getting repeat business He thinks that websites need to be renewed every two to five years depending on how quickly a business is evolving and

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/connect/meda-in-the-news?start=24 (2016-02-17)
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    Ethiopia studied at the Faculty of Agriculture and Dalhousie s Halifax campuses At Dalhousie University we aspire to have not only a local impact but a global impact said Dal President Richard Florizone speaking at Sunday s announcement event This international development project in Ethiopia one of the largest in Dalhousie University s history and the largest for our Faculty of Agriculture will allow us to make world class contributions to a global issue by sharing agricultural expertise to support economic growth and alleviate poverty David Gray dean of the Faculty of Agriculture explained that the project will bring benefits on many levels building capacity for agricultural training and education in Ethiopia with Dal s partner colleges bringing knowledge and experiences of Ethiopian agriculture to students at Dal increasing potential research collaboration opportunities and more If we are to be successful and meet our mandate and responsibilities as the Faculty of Agriculture it is crucial that we engage internationally said Dr Gray noting that capacity building on an international scale is a key component of the Faculty of Agriculture s strategic plan We are so pleased to be part of this historic project which will quite literally change the approach to agricultural education not only in Ethiopia but across the world Farming for the future Currently most agriculture technical and vocational training colleges in Ethiopia are located in rural areas and focus largely on competency based approaches and outcomes What they re increasingly interested in though is programming that emphasizes rural growth through agriculture They recognize that more emphasis is needed on marketing and entrepreneurship as well as curriculum development and content delivery The primary goal of ATTSVE is to increase the supply of male and female graduates from these institutions who have the necessary skills and knowledge not just to become successful farmers but to develop the commercial agriculture sector in Ethiopia The Faculty of Agriculture and other implementing partners will use their expertise in applied learning models to support Ethiopian instructors in delivering education programs aligned with the country s national priorities As the project lead the Faculty of Agriculture will be involved in institutional planning and leadership curriculum development revision and project financial management Jimma University College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine JUCAVM in Ethiopia will play a central role in applied research increasing cooperative links with industry and information technology enhancement at the Ethiopian schools The Mennonite Economic Development Associates of Canada MEDA will be primarily involved in business management training entrepreneurship and value chain development McGill University will be heavily involved in inclusivity and gender equality matters Increasing opportunities The project will result in increased instructor training more opportunities for institutional networking and partnerships and increased capacity at the colleges in a variety of areas leading the graduates who will take part in entrepreneurship and market development initiatives ATTSVE will give youth the opportunity to train in a new way said Suzanne Johnson ATTSVE project director at the Faculty of Agriculture The Agricultural Transformation through

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    Foreign Affairs Trade and Development Canada funded this initiative under the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund Email Print Fortified foods to save millions on 27 January 2015 Source Fortified foods to save millions in the Daily News 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 SUA in Tanzania just launched a two and a half year project aimed at reducing vitamin A deficiency using fortified foods This initiative works with local processors to crush locally grown sunflower seed and produce vitamin A sunflower oil to address local micronutrient deficiencies said Thom Dixon director business of health at MEDA and one of the project s principal investigators A statement posted online by the Waterloo University this week said in Tanzania about a third of all children under the age of five and women under age of 50 suffer from vitamin A deficiency In many rural areas diets are lacking in basic micronutrients needed to build strong immune systems and fight disease and vitamin A is a particular challenge in selected regions of our country said Prof Theobald Mosha professor of human nutrition and public health Department of Food Science and Nutrition SUA and one of the principal investigators To promote the new fortified oil an innovative electronic voucher developed in Canada will deliver subsidies to people in targeted communities and help foster demand This project is expected to increase food security and encourage local economic growth by using a locally produced crop processed at local businesses and sold in local retailers said Prof Susan Horton CIGI chair in global health economics University of Waterloo and the third principal investigator of the project The project supports the Tanzanian government s national food fortification campaign launched in 2013 to increase access to these enhanced foods Canada s International Development Research Centre and Foreign Affairs Trade and Development Canada funded this initiative under the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund Email Print A Tanzanian project to boost kids health has roots in Waterloo on 18 December 2014 Source A Tanzanian project to boost kids health has roots in Waterloo by Charlotte Drewett in the Waterloo Region Record In print page 1 page 2 WATERLOO A research project aimed at reducing mortality rates in young children in Tanzania by fortifying sunflower oil with vitamin A has local connections Mennonite Economic Development Associates whose head office is in Waterloo has teamed up with the University of Waterloo and Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania on a research project that focuses on decreasing vitamin A deficiencies in various Tanzanian regions According to a 2010 Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey one third of children under five years old have a vitamin A deficiency which has negative

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