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We recommend that Canada make a signature investment of $2.5 billion over five years to support sustainable agriculture and climate change adaptation for small-scale farmers, especially women.

This would be implemented through various channels (multilateral, bilateral, other development partners) with new funds for agriculture as part of a growing aid budget.

Through appropriate aid investments in sustainable agriculture, Canada can stimulate clean and inclusive economic growth and take immediate action on climate change. Economic growth from agricultural development is at least twice as effective at reducing poverty as growth from other sectors, and climate resilient agriculture helps farmers adapt today while reducing emissions for tomorrow. Indeed, clean and inclusive economic growth, as well as meaningful action on climate change, are not viable without a sustainable agricultural development strategy.

A strong Canadian investment would recognize the important role of women as food producers and support them in ensuring their full economic and social inclusion.

Equality for women in agriculture would boost the economy, strengthen climate resilience, preserve and enhance ecosystems, increase yields, and improve food security and nutrition. It is time for a strong Canadian investment to recognize the important role of women as food producers and support them in ensuring their full economic and social inclusion.

A renewed investment by Canada in agriculture should focus on small-scale farmers, who are among the world’s poorest and most marginalized people, and are especially vulnerable to climate change. Targeted initiatives with these farmers will have the greatest development impact.

Canada can support women as change-makers who transform their communities and countries. Canada can help address food security in a more uncertain climate. Canada can help build a more peaceful, prosperous and secure world that will reduce long-term reliance on humanitarian aid. Canada can support these goals through a signature investment in sustainable agriculture.

This proposal is supported by:

The following organizations:

  • 4-H Canada
  • Agriculture in the Classroom-Canada
  • A Rocha Canada
  • Canadian Baptist Ministries
  • Canadian Co-operative Association
  • Canadian Feed The Children
  • Canadian Foodgrains Bank
  • Canadian Lutheran World Relief
  • Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief
  • CARE Canada
  • Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick
  • Développement international Desjardins
  • Development & Peace
  • Engineers Without Borders
  • Farm Radio International
  • Global Citizen
  • Helen Keller International
  • International Center for Biosaline Agriculture
  • International Development Enterprises
  • Inter Pares
  • International Institute for Sustainable Development
  • L’Oeuvre Léger
  • L’Union des producteurs agricoles-Développement international
  • Mennonite Central Committee Canada
  • National Farmers Union
  • Oxfam Canada
  • Oxfam Quebec
  • Plan Canada
  • Save the Children Canada
  • SUCO
  • USC Canada
  • Veterinarians without Borders
  • World Accord
  • World Animal Protection
  • World Renew
  • World Vision Canada

And the following individuals:

Dr. Rachel Bezner Kerr
Associate Professor, Cornell University and Adjunct Professor, University of Western Ontario

Dr. Jennifer Clapp
Professor, Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability, University of Waterloo

Dr. Annette Desmarais
Canada Research Chair in Human Rights, Social Justice and Food Sovereignty, University of Manitoba

Dr. Martin Entz
Professor of Cropping Systems and Agronomy, University of Manitoba

Dr. Evan Fraser
Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security, University of Guelph

Dr. Carol Henry
Assistant Dean, Division of Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Gordon M. Hickey
Associate Professor, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University

Dr. Hugo Melgar-Quinonez
Director of the Institute for Global Food Security, McGill University

Dr. Cecilia Rocha
Professor and Director at the School of Nutrition, Ryerson University

Dr. Steffanie Scott
Associate Professor, Department of Geography & Environmental Management, University of Waterloo