Canada joins international sustainable agriculture coalition

calendar icon 30 January 2022
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Canada announced this week that it has joined the Sustainable Productivity Growth for Food Security and Resource Conservation coalition (SPG). The is part of the Government of Canada's approach to working in collaboration with international partners to mitigate the risks of climate change and create conditions for industry to remain competitive on a global level.

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 United States

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.

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

“In order for the world to meet its climate goals, it is critical we work together to facilitate agricultural trade in climate-smart ways," said Mary Ng, Canada's Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development. "Canada is pleased to be a member of the Sustainable Productivity Growth for Food Security and Resource Conservation coalition (SPG) which can truly make a difference when it comes to building a more sustainable, equitable, and resilient global agriculture system.”

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

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