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  • MEDA - Travel Tracker
    News Media Centre Press Releases Get Social MEDA s Facebook Page Twitter MEDA Videos meda tv MEDA Blog Stories from the Field Client Stories Personal Reflections MEDA Web Links Get Involved MEDA Convention Upcoming MEDA Events MEDA Field Experiences How to Get Involved Youth Connect MEDA Ambassadors 20 under 35 MEDA Chapters Mennonite Entrepreneurs Conference Ways to Give Donate today Gift Solutions Catalogue Planned Giving Sarona Risk Capital Fund Farmer to Farmer MSCU Mutual Aid in Action Fundraise for MEDA AmazonSmile Donate while you shop Products Supporting MEDA Donate aeroplan miles Resources Publications The Marketplace Magazine Learning Centre Policies Logos and Branding My MEDA My Communication Preferences My Giving History MEDA Staff Logins Website Login Logout MEDA365 E mail Login MEDA365 SharePoint MEDA Master Photo Library Travel Tracker MEDA Travel Tracker Check In To check in enter your three digit Travel Sec below Invalid Input It is your responsibility to ensure that your travel itinerary is complete and up to date By checking in you are confirming that the detailed itinerary submitted is accurate If your itinerary has changed please send details of that change to traveltracker meda org MEDA Creating business solutions to poverty In Canada 155 Frobisher Drive

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/my-meda/loginall-comuser-views/travel-tracker (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - About Cassava Seed System
    MEDA AmazonSmile Donate while you shop Products Supporting MEDA Donate aeroplan miles Resources Publications The Marketplace Magazine Learning Centre Policies Logos and Branding My MEDA My Communication Preferences My Giving History MEDA Staff Logins Website Login Logout MEDA365 E mail Login MEDA365 SharePoint MEDA Master Photo Library Travel Tracker Cassava Seed System Tanzania In Tanzania agriculture is the predominant sector of the economy and provides food and employment for about 80 of the country s approximately 45 million people For many of these small farming communities cassava is a key food security crop Recently large outbreaks of viral diseases have infested and destroyed plantings over large areas and there is not currently any market sustainable means of rapid large scale distribution of new varieties of improved disease resistant planting materials In MEDA s Mihogo Mbegu Bingwa Cassava Seed Champion we are piloting two supply chain models to bridge the gap between the research laboratories developing new varieties and the farmers looking for new planting material This pilot is working with the national seed certification authorities to establish compliance protocols that ensure production of quality assured seed stem planting material from seed multiplication entrepreneurs Project Quick Facts Goal By testing two

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/about-cassava-seed-system (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - Improving Market Opportunities for Women | Burma (Myanmar)
    Communication Preferences My Giving History MEDA Staff Logins Website Login Logout MEDA365 E mail Login MEDA365 SharePoint MEDA Master Photo Library Travel Tracker Women s Economic Opportunities Email Print Improving Market Opportunities for Women Burma Myanmar Burma is a country in transition with a rapidly changing economy after emerging from decades of relative isolation The country is slowly becoming an important actor in Southeast Asia but remains among the world s poorest and least developed countries Burma is still primarily a rural country relying heavily on agriculture as a source of national income Women play a significant role in agricultural production and engage actively in markets However while gender equality exists in laws relating to marriage inheritance and ownership gender equality in practice is a different story and gender specific barriers still exist keeping women from fully participating in the economy Women and girls remain primarily responsible for household chores and a wide wage gap exists between women and men Women often lack mobility and they face challenges to accessing financing market information and higher growth markets The ownership and control of land and property remains a challenge for women in rural areas MEDA with funding from the Government of Canada is launching a project in Burma Myanmar aimed at increasing women s participation in the country s evolving economy and becoming active respected and empowered economic actors and leaders The project will run for five years from 2015 to 2020 working within agricultural value chains and markets where women are already active participants It will support 25 000 women in Shan and Kayin states to become active respected and empowered economic actors and leaders MEDA will work with local partners to improve the standard of living and the business environment for another 125 000 indirect clients who will benefit

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/women-s-economic-opportunities/current-projects-weo/1689-improving-market-opportunities-for-women-in-a-new-economy-burma (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - Agricultural Transformation through Stronger Vocational Education (ATTSVE)
    Agriculture Technical and Vocational Training Colleges ATVETs in Ethiopia are located in rural areas and focus largely on competency based curriculum approaches and outcomes ATVETs and their students are increasingly interested in practical programming that emphasizes rural economic growth through agriculture and development of the private sector ATVETs and the Government of Ethiopia recognize that more emphasis is needed on private sector development and entrepreneurship as well as curriculum development and content delivery The ATTSVE project is led by Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture in partnership with MEDA McGill University and Jima University College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine JUCAVM who will work with select ATVETs in Nejo Woreta Wolaita Soddo and Maychew to build the capacity skills and knowledge required by the labour market for the commercial agriculture sector in Ethiopia Through ATTSVE MEDA will work with the selected ATVETs in to strengthen the educational and economic capacities of the ATVETs in the areas of value chain development and business management through a holistic approach of Business advising to ATVETs to promote sustainable and replicable income generating activities for the targeted educational entities Curriculum development in value chain and business management in the selected ATVETs to be developed in line with industry best practices and Ethiopian agriculture and education policy and environment and Strengthening academic and industry linkages to facilitate skills development to enable practical learning opportunities for students in appropriate sectors Click here to read the official project announcement Project Quick Facts Goal Increased supply of male and female graduates from agricultural technical and vocational education and training ATVET institutions Wolaita Sodo Woreta Nejo Maychew with skills and knowledge required by the labour market for the commercial agriculture sector in Ethiopia Reaching Students teachers and administration of four ATVETs Funding Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development Canada

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/agriculture-psd-ag/current-projects-psd-ag/1575-agricultural-transformation-through-stronger-vocational-education-attsve (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - About GROW
    Marketplace Magazine Learning Centre Policies Logos and Branding My MEDA My Communication Preferences My Giving History MEDA Staff Logins Website Login Logout MEDA365 E mail Login MEDA365 SharePoint MEDA Master Photo Library Travel Tracker Greater Rural Opportunities for Women GROW Ghana Click here to view more pictures from GROW Ghana has emerged as one of Africa s economic success stories with steady economic growth during the past two decades particularly in its agriculture and mining sectors However the gains the country has made are not evenly distributed amongst its people Many Ghanaians particularly in the north still live in poverty and are regularly prone to food insecurity Traditional small scale farmers are particularly vulnerable Three quarters of the Northern population still lives in rural areas Strategies that enhance food security while ensuring improved income opportunities for rural populations are critical to reduce chronic food shortages and dependency on food aid and safety net programs Using market driven approaches MEDA s Greater Rural Opportunities for Women GROW project focuses on improving food security for families in Northern Ghana by assisting women farmers to grow more soybeans and forge market links that will increase incomes Soybeans offer multiple advantages Market demand within Ghana is strong the beans are a good source of protein in the family diet and the nitrogen fixing action of this legume helps build soil fertility Recognizing that multiple factors contribute to food security the project provides training and technical assistance to help women make sound nutritional choices for their families Financial literacy training helps women and their families better manage their resources and savings opportunities will be available so that women can invest in expanding their productive activities The project is implemented in partnership with local organizations with a focus on building local capacity and experience in delivering

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/about-grow (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - MASAVA
    Vitamin A deficiency and will target the most vulnerable populations lactating women and children under 5 years old This project will also study two emerging technologies fortification of unrefined sunflower oil and e Vouchers The refinement of sunflower oil causes a loss of nearly 10 compared to unrefined oil product leading to increased costs to the consumer Although large scale centralised oil producers are now fortifying foods these areas are often not reached affordably from larger cities Masava focuses on small scale oil producers who can compete to meet the demand from rural consumers for low cost unrefined oil The fortification of unrefined oil is an innovation being tested To promote the new product the project offers initial discount of the oil through an e Voucher The voucher utilizes cellphone messaging to deliver targeted discounts to mothers of children under five and other residents of selected Vitamin A deficient communities while jump starting demand for the new fortified oil from the four SMEs Project Quick Facts Masava The name is derived from the Kiswahili phrase Mafuta ya Asili ya Alizeti yenye Vitamini A translates to Natural Sunflower Oil fortified with Vitamin A Goal The goal of the project is to

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/masava (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - Ukraine Horticulture Business Development Project (UHBDP)
    provides 20 of the country s employment In spite of excellent growing conditions Ukrainian agriculture is hindered by comparatively low yields and productivity The bulk of production comes from the small and medium farms which cultivate 65 of agricultural land In the horticulture sector small and medium farms produce the majority of the country s fruit and vegetable yet remain disconnected from markets and isolated from supply chains By modernizing production and post harvest handling capabilities and by linking small and medium enterprises to markets Ukraine could significantly boost agricultural economy and rural employment Over the next seven years the Ukraine Horticulture Business Development Project UHBDP will expand and extend the achievements of the Ukraine Horticulture Development Project which MEDA implemented between 2008 to 2013 UHBDP will operate in the Southern Oblasts of Zaporizhzhia Kherson Mykolayiv and Odessa and will seek to benefit 44 000 small and medium horticulture farmers and small enterprises MEDA anticipates that small farmers assisted by UHBDP will have collectively expanded their horticulture sales to 50 000 metric tons valued at 40 million annually by the end of the project Key components of the project include Market Development Extend and expand capabilities in the horticulture value chain o Link small holder farmers to higher value markets through aggregation techniques o Improve production techniques and technology and facilitate supplier relationships o Improve post harvest handling capabilities produce cleaning grading sorting packaging traceability food safety and quality assurance cold chain storage transport and logistics Workforce alignment Aligning university level experience with capabilities demanded in an entrepreneurial market o Improved alignment of competencies of college educated entry level workforce to horticulture industry needs o 140 university students benefit from internships and short term work experiences Access to Financial Markets Improve access to investment and finance options by building connections

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/current-projects-af/1471-ukraine-horticulture-business-development-project-uhbdp (2016-02-17)
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  • MEDA - Internship FAQs
    cultural environment flexible independent self directed and motivated How important is language capacity Fluency in the native language usually Spanish is a preferred advantage however the main consideration will be the applicant s ability to complete the work assignment Fluency in the language is not a requirement for any of the internships The advantage of knowing the native language will only be in relation to the language capacity of other applicants for the same position What expenses are covered All direct expenses are covered including items such as round trip airfare housing health insurance and other related direct costs such as work visas and vaccinations How much money will I need to contribute MEDA does not require interns to contribute any money toward the internship All costs will be provided through GAC funding or by MEDA Please note The housing and living allowance is modest and designed to provide enough money for safe and comfortable living conditions Participants should not expect to have savings accumulated from the living allowance at the end of the assignment When does it start The orientation session in Waterloo Ontario will be scheduled during the winter 2016 Interns will depart to the field to begin the work assignment following the orientation How flexible are the departure and return dates The Orientation Session is mandatory and once the date is set it will not be flexible Departure Several factors will influence when you will be able to depart for your field assignment including the host country s schedule airfares work visas and your schedule Return Many of our interns have taken the opportunity to travel after completion of assignment before returning to Canada This is undertaken at their own expense What type of orientation training do you provide An Orientation Session will be provided prior to

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/about-internships/internship-faqs (2016-02-17)
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