Canada announces funding to empower women and youth in Senegal

January 15, 2019 | Web First
Mennonite Economic Development Associates
Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) moved to a new office in Waterloo, Ont., in December. Taking part in the ribbon-cutting are, from left to right: Allan Sauder, outgoing MEDA president/CEO; Karen Redman, Region of Waterloo chair; Bardish Chagger, Waterloo MP; Dorothy Nyambi, incoming MEDA president/CEO ; Jenny Shantz, MEDA vice-chair; Jim Erb, Region of Waterloo councillor; and Dave Jaworsky, Waterloo mayor. (Photo courtesy of MEDA)

In December 2018, the federal government announced funding for a new five-year project with Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) that will improve the economic resilience of women and youth farmers in Senegal. 

The project, valued at close to $18 million, will encourage farmers in the Sedhiou and Tambacounda regions of Senegal to adopt innovative technologies and best practices to ensure that their agricultural and irrigation practices are climate-friendly. This will directly benefit 15,000 women and youth, and improve the economic resilience of over 150,000 people in the region. 

“We are grateful to Global Affairs Canada for their continued commitment and partnership with MEDA,” said Dorothy Nyambi, MEDA’s incoming president/CEO. “This latest funding is an investment in the people of Senegal which will introduce much needed support for farmers, and we are eager to get started.” 

The funding was announced at an open house at which attendees bid fond farewell to, and honoured the success of, Allan Sauder, MEDA’s president and CEO since 2002 who retired last month, and warmly welcomed Nyambi.

Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) moved to a new office in Waterloo, Ont., in December. Taking part in the ribbon-cutting are, from left to right: Allan Sauder, outgoing MEDA president/CEO; Karen Redman, Region of Waterloo chair; Bardish Chagger, Waterloo MP; Dorothy Nyambi, incoming MEDA president/CEO ; Jenny Shantz, MEDA vice-chair; Jim Erb, Region of Waterloo councillor; and Dave Jaworsky, Waterloo mayor. (Photo courtesy of MEDA)

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