MEDA Impacts Food Security Around the World

MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates), a GAIN Prize 2012 recipient, continues to make an impact around the world.

Techno-Links Grant Recipients in Nicaragua

Techno-Links Grant Recipients (Nicaragua)

MEDA awarded 14 grant recipients in Peru and Nicaragua (shown above) in October 2012. 

The recipients, the majority of which are private sector companies, are carrying out initiatives to promote the commercial distribution of agriculture technologies in a variety of sectors including coffee, kiwicha, olives, dried fruit and quinoa.

The GAIN Prize was awarded to CAC Perene, a Peruvian nonprofit that processes coffee husks into briquettes that will be used as alternative renewable energy in households. These briquettes will have greater refractive power to heat and a longer life compared to traditional sources of heat. As a result, it will improve the health of farmers with the reduced emissions of toxic gases resulting from the use of firewood.

See related news article below:

October 15, 2012, Inforegión, Agencia De Prensa Ambiental: MEDA presentará a ganadores de proyectos agrícolas ambientales 

MEDA’s Techno-Links Project

The goal of TECHNO-LINKS is to increase the productivity and income generating opportunities of 5,000 small scale farmers in Peru and Nicaragua as a result of the improved capacity of agriculture technology suppliers to reach small farmers.

With funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the InterAmerican Development Bank’s (IADB) Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), TECHNO-LINKS uses a Competitive Agriculture Matching Grant mechanism to support eligible agriculture technology vendors who present solid business proposals to establish commercial distribution of technologies suited to small farmers. Grants are made on a 1:1 matching basis – one dollar grant for every dollar invested by grant recipients in their business. Over the course of the project, 20 grant recipients will be awarded grants of up to $60,000.

For more information about the 20 matching grant recipients, click HERE