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Canada joins international sustainable agriculture production and food systems coalition

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Canada has joined the Sustainable Productivity Growth for Food Security and Resource Conservation Coalition (SPG).

As an outcome of the United Nations Food Systems Summit, which took place in September 2021, Canada has joined more than 15 countries, as well as dozens of academic organizations, foundations and private sector associations, in becoming signatories of the SPG, led by the U.S.

The coalition will work in collaboration to develop strategies focused on accelerating the transition to more sustainable food systems through agricultural productivity growth. Its work will be informed by ideas that optimize sustainability across social, economic, and environmental dimensions, including all sectors of agriculture.

Key takeaways

  • The United Nations Food Systems Summit launched dozens of multi-stakeholder coalitions. The Summit was convened in September 2021 for nations and stakeholders to discuss actions, solutions and strategies to deliver progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Canada was an active participant in the Summit and its preparations, including convening dialogues to discuss solutions and strategies to make meaningful progress towards healthier, more sustainable and more equitable food systems.
  • The Guelph Statement outlines the joint federal, provincial and territorial priorities for Canada’s agriculture sector, including a shared vision for sustainable agriculture and agri-food production, to rise to the climate change challenge, expand new markets and trade while meeting the expectations of consumers, and to feed Canadians and a growing global population.
  • In 2021, the Government of Canada announced $550 million over 10 years to help Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector meet our emission targets and capture new opportunities in the green economy.
  • In 2019, the Government launched Canada’s first-ever Food Policy, which aims to strengthen our food system at every step—from sustainable food production and processing to strong local food infrastructure and less food waste.

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