Food Security Pledge

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Sign onto the African Food Security Pledge

At their 2012 meeting, G8 countries, including Canada, made a commitment to improve food security in Africa. As part of the G8’s New Alliance, Canada has made significant food security commitments.

The New Alliance for Food and Nutrition Security will allow African partners, G-8 countries, other donors and the private sector to create new and innovative partnerships that will drive agricultural transformation, improve nutrition and unlock sustainable economic growth in Africa. These efforts will complement initiatives being undertaken by the African Union.

Canada’s contribution to the New Alliance, which will be funded through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)’s bilateral and multilateral programs, builds upon its solid track record of global leadership in food security.

Canada’s support for the initiative will complement our current multilateral and bilateral efforts to enhance food security and agricultural development in Africa.  More specifically, Canadian support will contribute to:

  • assisting farmers throughout Africa to improve their yields and sell their crops,
  • implementing food security initiatives in Ghana and Ethiopia, and
  • developing a new Canadian-led initiative to support innovative nutrition research and technologies.

Our contribution will also help build farmers’ resilience to unexpected events like droughts or conflict, while promoting long-term growth and productivity.

Canada will contribute $25 million to the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program, a program started in 2009 under L’Aquila—a program that has been effective in helping developing countries implement national agricultural plans.
Canada will also put another $25 million into a new future program on nutrition, aimed at improving research and technology in this field and scaling up delivery of the results. This is a positive development that will complement the agriculture program.

Take the Pledge – Pledge your solidarity with African community members by signing on in support of Canada’s commitment to improve food security in Africa. Sign on.