Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)

MEDA – Mennonite Economic Development Associates – is an international economic development organization that creates business solutions to poverty. Our programs and investments contribute to the transformation of agricultural systems to create and maintain decent job opportunities for women and youth. Since 1953, MEDA has advanced agricultural transformation in 79 countries. Across our Program Plus approach, MEDA uses financial tools to scale businesses, de-risk investments, and crowd in others. We also use incentives to help financial services providers increase financing of the agribusiness sector. MEDA advances the business case for the nexus of gender and climate action and environmental protection by incentivizing agribusinesses and their suppliers to adopt new approaches, technologies, and tools and to take a gender-inclusive lens to their work. We are at the forefront of localizing development programming and shifting power. MEDA partners for co-creation with a diverse array of local agribusinesses, financial and other service providers, investment vehicles, cooperatives, farmers’ groups, and civil society organizations. Our alliances with local actors, as well as with national and local governments, are co-designed and implemented to ensure programs are relevant, holistic, and focused on system-level change and transformation. We create conditions for positive change that will continue to support people to lift themselves out of poverty long after our engagements end.



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Bangladesh, Ghana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Philippines, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine, Vietnam, Zimbabwe

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Equity, Grant, Guarantee


Access to Networks, Coaching and Mentoring of Management, Financial Management and/or Accounting, Human Resources, Impact Measurement

The team at Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)

  • Lindsay Wallace

    Lindsay Wallace

    Senior Vice President of Strategy & Impact at Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)

  • Natalie Macawaris

    Natalie Macawaris

    Country Director at Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)

  • Omoneka Oyier

    Omoneka Oyier

    Director, Business Value Creation at Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)

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