Canada to Increase Food Security and Stimulate Sustainable Economic Growth in East Africa
Canada to support Canadian Foodgrains Bank initiative to assist African farmers
July 31, 2015 - Ottawa, Ontario - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced support for a project that will enable the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) to directly benefit more than 50,000 farmers in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania.
The Scale-Up of Conservation Agriculture in East Africa initiative will help improve the lives of poor, small-scale farmers in East Africa through training and technical assistance in conservation agriculture methods. The CFGB will help farmers manage issues such as soil fertility and uncertain weather patterns in order to grow more food to feed their families and, therefore, provide them with enhanced livelihoods.
Consistent with Canada’s Food Security Strategy and Sustainable Economic Growth Strategy, this initiative will allow the CFGB to showcase Canadian know-how, technologies and expertise. It builds on Canada’s L’Aquila food security commitments and supports the G-8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition.
- Increasing food security is one of Canada’s international development priorities.
- The CFGB provides food assistance and development assistance to people in need on behalf of 15 Canadian church-based member agencies. It is a recognized centre of expertise in food assistance and food security.
- Canada is a long-term partner of the CFGB. Canada works with this organization to improve nutrition and increase food security in developing countries around the world.
- Global nutrition is a key pillar of the maternal, newborn and child health initiative—Canada’s top development priority.
“Our government is committed to providing farmers in Africa with the necessary tools and information to help improve sustainable agricultural development and enhance the nutritional health and well-being of their families. Canada is working with a wide range of trusted partners, such as the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, to maximize our development results. Ensuring food security for those who need it most remains a pillar of Canada’s development assistance.”
- The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie
“I am proud of our government’s support to this initiative with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. This is an example of how Canada is leveraging our own agricultural expertise to help farmers in developing countries by providing practical assistance that will help feed their families and communities and improve their livelihoods.”
Ted Falk, Member of Parliament for Provencher “We are grateful to the Canadian government for its significant support, which will allow us to help more farmers improve their farms and livelihoods. Working together with the Foodgrains Bank members and partners on the ground, we will be able to help small-scale farmers address issues such as soil fertility and uncertain weather to grow more food to feed their families.”
Barbara Macdonald, Director, International Program, Canadian Foodgrains Bank
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