Canada joins international coalition for sustainable agricultural production and food systems


OTTAWA (ON), January 28, 2022 /CNW/ – Canadian farmers and producers are key drivers in advancing the innovation and sustainability of our country’s agriculture and agri-food sector. As part of the government of from Canada approach to working in collaboration with international partners to mitigate the risks of climate change and create the conditions for the industry to remain globally competitive, Canada joined the (SPG) Coalition for Sustainable Productivity Growth for Food Security and Resource Conservation.

Following the United Nations Food Systems Summit, held 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 to the GSP, led by United States.

The coalition will work collaboratively 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.

Working with coalition partners will provide Canada with an international platform to champion research, advance innovations and technologies, and facilitate productivity growth in our own agriculture and agri-food sector.

Canadian farmers have always been good stewards of the land and have a strong track record of sustainable agriculture, sound management practices and the adoption of innovative practices and technologies. Over the past two decades, farmers have doubled the value of their production while stabilizing greenhouse gas emissions. Efforts must continue to reduce emissions, given the pressing climate and environmental challenges.


“Our farmers are already tackling climate change issues on the ground and working every day to make their businesses, and our entire sector, more sustainable. Through their innovative management practices, investments in new technologies and land management, they are contributing to from Canada overall goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving climate resilience. This new collaborative international coalition will see a sharing of new strategies that can benefit our entire sector. »
– The Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“For the world to meet its climate goals, it is essential that we work together to facilitate agricultural trade in a climate-smart way. Canada is pleased to be a member of the Sustainable Productivity Growth Coalition (SPG) for Food Security and Resource Conservation, which can really make a difference when it comes to building a more sustainable global agricultural system, equitable and resilient.
– The Honorable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development

Fast facts

  • The UN 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 make progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Canada actively participated 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 Declaration outlines federal, provincial and territorial priorities from Canada agriculture sector, including a shared vision for sustainable agriculture and agri-food production, to meet the challenge of climate change, expand new markets and trade while meeting consumer expectations, and feed Canadians and a growing world population.

  • In 2021, the government of Canada announcement $550 million more than 10 years to help from Canada agriculture and agribusiness are meeting our emissions targets and seizing new opportunities in the green economy.

  • In 2019, the government launched from Canada the first-ever food policy, which aims to strengthen our food system at every stage – from sustainable food production and processing to strong local food infrastructure and less food waste.

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